1988 Oscar Winner. From the director of Total Recall and Basic Instinct, Robocop introduced the world - and some unwitting criminals - to a crime fighter who's half man, half machine...and all business!
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I could say a couple of thousand words about this film, or I could say one: postmodern. There are some narrative devices alone - shifting perspective, the self-refexiveness of Robocop's viewpoint (i.e. "film within a film") - that were rather innovative at the time. Add to it the parody TV commercials and sitcoms AND that it's a great action movie with a great villain - Kurtwood Smith, a.k.a. Red Forman on "That 70s Show" years before. I loved Robocop for a lot of reasons, maybe most that it was kind of Kubrick and kind of Cameron. A sharp but violent movie that might not have known how interesting it would become when one looks at the march of technology. That its setting is Detroit is getting more interesting by the day. Brilliant film.
- danperry17, Sunday, September 5, 2010
Is it possible RoboCop was really a high-brow social commentary on consumerism and Reagonomics posing as an action film? Yes. Watching RoboCop after all these years is refreshing in that it's so rare to find such an example of a film that is as relevent now as in its' time. A prime example of cinematic cyberpunk, RoboCop is set in a dystopian city where the poor are meaningless and the law is influenced by profit, leaving business executives to do as they want. Afterall, they own the police. The corruption of the city goes all the way to the top. There are repeated attempts to destroy RoboCop and in the end it turns out the cyborg is more human than its' creators. As a fan of the cheesier Total Recall and the fun I had with Starship Troopers, this is in my opinion Verhoeven's best film. Solid casting, witty direction, violence so cartoonish making it hard to take seriously and best of all...pre-CGI. This is dark satire the sequels missed by a mile.
- DrBenway, Tuesday, February 16, 2010