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.
This film just turned 25 years-old!! Simply put, this is a classic sci-fi/action film. Some may complain that the vision of a near future Detroit and the movements of the ED-209 are dated, but they barely deter the quality of the movie itself. The action scenes in Robocop are top-notch, the characters are well-developed and memorable, and Alex Murphy's "death and resurrection" in the film was really engaging, to say the least. … more
Robocop is over 20 years old and even today many people will profess to loving this film, no matter what their age. This is one of the only films that I can sincerely say I can watch over and over again from start to finish and never get bored. The OCP (Omni Consumer Products) have been handed control of the local law enforcement of Detroit and their aim is to eradicate gang crime before construction begins on Delta City. A mega city that is set to bring Detroit into the … more
Along with the Terminator this was the best scifi action film to come out during the 1980's. Though Peter Weller didn't become a household name, he does an excellent job as a murdered police officer, who is resurrected as a type of cyborg programmed to fight crime. As "Robocop" he dispenses justice with computer controlled pinpoint shooting accuracy. There is a lot of camp (some of it is extremely funny) which does nothing to diminish the serious drama of the film. Nancy Allen … more