Intense action/science fiction flick from Paul Verhoven.
May 9, 2009
Robocop (1987) was an thrilling science fiction comic book movie from Paul Verhoven. It's also a hard hitting satire at a society driven by consumerism, ultra right wing politics and a collapse from within. Crime is at an all time high,poverty is rampant, the streets are a war zone and the police department is being run by a corporation who only cares about the bottom dollar. During one incident, a decorated police officer named Murphy and his partner were in pursuit of a gang of ruthless bank robbers, during a bloody firefight and encounter Murphy is mortally wounded. Meanwhile O.C.P. is looking to implement their new super cop program but they need a involuntary volunteer for the job. Lo and behold they found one in Murphy. Will he be a successful candidate? Can Robocop do the job? Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Will Robocop survive the rough streets of Detroit and save the day?
Paul Weller stars as Officer Murphy, a candidate chosen to become part of the new Robocop program. Nancy Allen co-stars as his partner, Miguel Ferrer is the head of the project, Ronny Cox is his nemesis and board room rival. Kurtwood Smith is th leader of a gang of psychos and sociopaths. What makes the movie cool is the sheer graphic violence, witty dialog and a bunch of stand out characters. The direction is flawless and the cinematography is top notched. Verhoven and writer Edward Neumeir would work with each other again on the highly underrated science fiction flick Starship Troopers. Both films have the same criticism of conservative governments and societies. They're highly recommended and they can be seen together as companion pieces.