Ever see a movie that looked so dumb, you heard was dumb and then you see it and it isn't all that dumb? Step on up to see Sly and Snipes tear apart the crapsaccharine world of a future LA.
In the "future" of LA in the year 1996, crime apparently was so bad the Police needed Humvees and the Hollywood sign is ablaze. Stallone plays John Spartan who is a tough cop who has finally apprehended his nemesis Simon Phoenix played by Wesley Snipes. John's recklessness on the job gets him put in cryo-suspension along with Phoenix for rehabilitation to help control his destruction on the job. Neither John or Simon will see light for a good long time.
In 2036, California, if you can believe it has turned itself around after a major earthquake and became a peacy, non-violent and sexless society and when he comes up for parole, Simon's cryopod was tampered with and Simon has been programmed with information on how the new future works and made sure he was programmed with deadly martial arts, gun tactics and a mission to kill a rebel rouser who turned his back on the new future. Spartan is given a parole to deal with the Simon since the societies police force is even more neutered then it is now in terms of taking care of criminals. Spartan also has to deal with the police force and society looking at him as a caveman who is lucky to stand upright after living in such a vulgar century.
Story unfolds very nicely. John and Simon go away, they come back and they fight and we get a keen look at how the world works, for better or worse.
Pros would be the great sets, set designs and costumes. Sandra Bullock never looked better in her cop uniform with leather jacket and sunglasses. There are coy details dropped here and there about "President Schwarzenegger" and that Jeffrey Dahmer is in cryo suspention as well. You also have to like Sandra Bullock trying to be hip with old phrases such as "Take this job and shovel it! or even better "You really licked his ass!"
Cons would be the SHAMELESS product placement of Taco Bell being the only restaurant in the world (WHAT?! Okay only fast food place I could handle but only place to go out and EAT?!!) and self promotion in Bullocks office for Lethal Weapon 3 posters and Red Hot Chilli Pepper albums. I know the joke is that those were relics in the past and it isn't modern but I'm pretty sure both that movie and album were new when this came out.
Spartan also is real loose with being a guiding voice for what is right. Maybe the new society is too wimpy and the underground dwellers are not sophisticated enough but at it's worst it sounds like Spartan is letting out quick fixes to a problem. I guess if it went on too long then it would make the action movie boring. A final one would be a very improbable final action scene with Snipes 4 feet away from Stallone holding an machine gun and STILL CAN'T hit him! Not to mention that the liquid nitrogen probably would have frozen Stallone as he rode around on that crane. You'll know what I mean when you watch.
This is certainly one of Stallone's better movies as he gets to act competent and smart in his surroundings and Snipes as Simon gets to eat scenery with cool lines and cooler martial arts. It does have a brain and a good story. Violence isn't as gory as it could have been and the running joke of swearing getting you fined is funny, especially when characters keep swearing and don't even acknowledge the buzzer fining them. A sequel won't be necessary since the movie got a lot of it's jokes out and didn't leave any real loose ends. Other then seeing how the future does turn out, will we still sing show-tunes and continue to become anal about things like eating too much meat? Wait a minute........
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The film is a story about two men, one an evil crime lord and the other a risk-taking police officer, who are cryogenically frozen in the year 1996 and reawakened to face each other in 2032. Los Angeles, now called San Angeles, has become part of a planned city where violence is eliminated from mainstream society. Some aspects of the film allude to Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel, Brave New World.
Demolition Man grossed $58,055,768 by the end of its box office run in North America and $159,055,768 worldwide.