Called by Ken Russell “the greatest science-fiction film since Metropolis,” controversial director Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop is a special effects-laden cult phenomenon. The film features a resurrected and roboticized hero (Peter Weller) in a new, supercharged cyborg body, struggling to reclaim his memory and avenge his own death. Writtern by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner, this film is a grown-up superhero fantasy come to vivid, bloody life. —The Criterion Collection
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969 he directed the popular Dutch TV series Floris (1969), about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer who has appeared in many of Verhoeven’s later films. Verhoeven’s first feature, Wat zien ik (1971) (trans. What do I See?), was released in 1971. However it was his second, Turks fruit (1973), with its combination of raw sexuality and a poignant story line, that gained him great popularity in the Netherlands, especially with male audiences. When his films, especially Soldaat van Oranje (1977) and De vierde man (1983), received international recognition, Verhoeven moved to the US. His first US film was Flesh & Blood (1985), 1985, but it was RoboCop (1987) and especially Total Recall… read more
Suffers from what I call 'Brazil syndrome', where a once explicitly-cartoonish satire finds itself outflanked by time and social change--in this case, Detroit's collapse and the corporatization of North America. Ironically, this actually makes Robocop's dilemma more poignant: At the end of the movie his body is still a product, but his soul's his own. Times like these, that feels dangerously close to a happy ending.
A really entertaining sci-fi action jewel from the 80´s: A memorable hero, great action sequences and bloody shootouts, some humour here and there and a pretty well written story with a subtle but pretty good use of cyberpunk themes. My only complain is that the political themes could had been more developed but aside from that I had a lot of fun watching this film. Sure, a little cheesy at times but in a good way!
Amazing film. A parody and criticism of social media, police activity and corpotrativism. Some really shocking and bloody scenes, some other unintentionally hilarious, but overall a really nice and well done cheesy 80's action film. You can't beat those effects with today CG graphics.
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"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" —Dirty Harry (Don Siegel, 1971) *** "Dead or alive, you
Interesting look at 80’s style TV news coverage and advertisements trying to be near future news and ads. Good effects when it comes to Robocop, bad effects with the other evil security robot. Spurting… read review
The violence, by today’s standard, is damn near cartoony. Listening to the filmmakers commentary, we hear that the violence was intentionally excessive… read review