Glorious mix of cartoon violence, satire, extreme action, makeup from Rob Bottin and a Arnold Schwarzenegger in great engaging mood makes this one of the best action films, especially since it also plays with the theme "is it all true or a dream in the hero's head?". Great supporting cast too. Gruesome memorable deaths with a lot of gore add to the fun.
The story is so thin that is hard to be engaged after the opening - but that's partially excusable when the main premise is taken into account. Where the plot fails, set design, practical effects and standard over the top performances are here to keep this as an exploitation action/sci-fi cult classic. Thanks to the dystopian concept and visual style, Mars never seemed so seductive as a red and dreadful wasteland.
Une structure de film classique avec la formule protagoniste vs antagoniste, la virilité too much d'Arnold Schwarzenegger, du gore, de l'humour, des effets spéciaux un peu ridicules, mais surtout un fort concept de science-fiction qui fait réfléchir malgré tout ce que j'ai mentionné avant.
Verhoeven cleverly combines the perfect amount of kitch queer transhuman dreamreality with a poignant anti-capitalist political statement of ingenious satire and the demanding self distance to understand the eternal and quite prophetic irony of Schwarzenegger as a symbol of rebellion against the imposed cisgender identity of society and the abysmal capitalistic fuelled lost of individualistic self identity
After the artistic and commercial triumph of "Robocop" Verhoeven created this hurtling, ultra-violent, unrelentingly intense and exciting action masterpiece. The film deals with fascinating themes regarding memory and identity while delivering one thrilling action set piece after another. Probably the smartest and most complex vehicle (on the script level) that Arnold ever had. Verhoeven's craft is second to none.