In a dystopic, gang-ridden Detroit in near-collapse. In an effort to stamp out crime, the forces in power reconstruct the body of a policeman, killed on duty, within a steel shell and call it RoboCop. Plagued by memories of his death, he hunts down the supervillian responsible for it.
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re-rating. I'm not following Verhoeven's hype, but the opportunity to review or see his work in a movie theater has allowed me to update my relation with his films, including this initial experience in the North American industry. Inserted in one of the most creatives artistic movements of the 80's, the bionic body, a film that reinvents a political action cinema, turning it into an ironic cinema of in(ter)vention.
Forget all the disposables examples of the genre that fill today's theatres and watch Robocop, THE GREATEST SUPERHERO FILM EVER MADE and the only one that has an origin story that doesn't drag on for ever. While the action is fun, it's really all the comedic elements that shine through especially when their combined with the violence. Great villains, relatable hero and the iconic ED-209 make this Verhoeven's best.
"I'd buy that for a dollar." And fortunately that's all I paid to see this film.
This film was so promising at the start. It was showing me some great direction and some lovely shots but it ended up being a below average film in which part of the story is unbelievable and at one point I even saw a glass window break before a body even hit it. The film was okay but it could have been really good.
RoboCop – both the film and the crimefighter – are full of contradictions. The character is part man, part machine; the film is part bloody action flick, part smart comedic satire. It’s also one of the rare films to do both well. It’s an action film with brains, but with balls, too. http://filmcapsule.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/robocop/
Verhoeven's view of the future was years ahead of it's time and always creeps me out. Saw this when i was just a kid and it left a huge impression on me. Also love the score immensely, Verhoeven wonderfully woves a story of a hero making peace with his inner self. Too bad they had to go and screw it up, although i do enjoy Robocop 2.