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
You can almost smell it. I wonder what it is to watch this film in 35mm. A perfect mixture of 80s camp action with orwellian influences. A very important film, because it has it all: the cheesy commercials, greedy executives, over-the-top evil terrorists, the fight between good and evil and... lack of a romance plot, as strange as it seems for an action film. As cold as a capitalist society can be. A smart critique.
it portrays the whole embodiment of capitalism, the corrupt and evil free market system, american imperialism, social depravity, and degeneraty in a unique, flamboyant movie., utterly futuristic for its time. the political satire on 1980s but also for the total last 20 years on consument society is humuorus at times. and its flawless mix van 80s cheesy action and hardcore violence is supreme.
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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
To accompany the IFC Center’s inspired midnight movie series “Base Instincts: Verhoeven in the U.S.A.” I wanted to find something pretty special
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