Robocop (1987)

Review: Robocop (1987)

“Old Detroit has a cancer. The cancer is crime.” This is a line that Irish actor Dan O’Herilly’s character The Old Man says in the 1987 film Robocop. While it has been rebooted in 2014, the original is still better for its ultraviolent scenes, a satirical yet dangerous and believable setting and the best name for a villain in the form of Dick Jones.

This Paul Verhoeven  film takes place in 2028 in a dystopian Detroit. Honourable officer Alex Murphy played by Peter Weller (Dexter, Stark Trek: Into Darkness) is on the tail of ruthless cop killer Clarence Boddicker played by Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show, 24). However, Murphy is ambushed and shot repeatedly by Boddicker and his men. On the brink of death, Murphy is saved by the Robocop program making him into a humanoid law enforcer. The cocky lead designer Bob Morton played by Miguel Ferrer (Blank Check, Iron Man 3) believes that Robocop is the future of policing. However his superior Jones played by Ronny Cox (Beverly Hills Cop, Total Recall) thinks he’s an abomination that should be destroyed.  During their bickering, Robocop starts getting memories of who he was and how he became who he became. This makes the audience feel sympathy for him.

This is without a doubt one of the best films of the 1980s. In fact, one robber during a police chase hid at a screening of Robocop and was so engrossed by it that the police arrested him with ease. The characters are great as are the action scenes. However it does provide laughs such as one criminal’s transformation from toxic waste and the constant glitches of security system ED 209.  Also the bond between Robocop and his partner Lewis played by Nancy Allen is a nice and special relationship that was missing in the reboot.

For all you future technology and action fans this is the movie that has to be watched. To quote Ed 209, you have 20 seconds to comply.

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