1987. Direct by Paul Verhoeven
It took 11 tries with the MPAA to get Robocop down to an R Rating from X. One of the most ultraviolent films in history is also one of the greatest action films ever made.
Paul Verhoeven's amazing cinematic experience, Robocop, is a blistering dystopian satire of an America overrun with soulless corporations and reckless consumer abandon.
Murphy, an officer on an out-gunned Detroit police force is murdered by thugs and remade into a slick, modern Knight Errant. A cyborg whose mission is to stalk the crumbling metropolis and bring justice those who trespass upon the innocent. His quest brings him into contention with his very creators, the greedy corporations that control the very city he seeks to defend.
A simple story, this amazing film is told with relentless black humor and violence that is so through the roof it becomes poetic.
The sound editing and effects are simply a treat. Every set piece is an audio masterwork. The audience is taken directly into the heart of every gun fight, powerless against the visual and audio illusions they're witnessing.
One of the things I really like is the costuming. Verhoeven's choice to let Lewis's intro be asexual was key, using police body armor as a statement of the current level of danger the heroes face. The various wardrobe choices are amazing. From Kurtwood Smith's ascot wearing villain, to the suits of the OCP execs, there is a staggering amount of detail in the mayhem.
Speaking of Kurtwood Smith. This man steals the movie. Performance of his career.
The action scenes are top notch, violence of the highest order. Normally I'm not a fan of such displays, but they are of the utmost important in this film. The bloodshed, ED-209's execution of a suit, and Murphy's assault on the drug lab are iconic and require repeat viewings to fully digest.
The script delivers pure anarchy and some of the most memorable lines ever uttered.
The faux-commercials/news reports, which were inserted to obtain said R Rating are hilarious blasts at American consumerism that would make George Romero blush.
The true King of this blood drenched kingdom is Basil Poledouris's amazing score. Every arrival of Murphy's Robocop is heralded by an unforgettable theme that makes you, the viewer, want to done the metal suit and take the bad guys to task.
A true gem of film making and one of the absolute best films of the 1980's. It was a true joy to experience this film...for the 987th time.
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