Title – Robocop (1987)
Director – Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct)
Cast – Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Kurtwood Smith, Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer
Plot – Set in the dystopian future were crime rules and cops fight to keep the justice one man can change the face of law enforcement as we know it – injured beyond repair officer Alex Murphy (Weller) who thanks to modern science becomes the first ever Robocop, a part human/part robot law keeping weapon.
“Old Detroit has a cancer. That cancer is crime”
Review by Eddie on 4/03/2014
The 1980’s were and are a treasure trove for action movie lovers who were blessed with an abundance of classic action tales ranging from Terminator, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard and countless other flicks that looked to take names and ask questions later. Dutch wild child Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 bout of robotic justice can sit proudly alongside those classic entries as a shamelessly fun and over the top piece of blood infused entertainment.
For some unbeknown reason I have in my many years of film watching never seen Peter Weller strut his stuff as Alex Murphy a man who becomes our titular Robocop (a fact made all the more shameful on my behalf considering I was holed up working in a video store for more than 5 years) but I am glad I have now rectified that problem. Robocop is a film filled with subtle smarts and ingenious ideas that were fantastically realised by Verhoeven with some ripping makeup design and typically brutal 1980’s action scenes littering the picture. There is an air of fun and playfulness throughout the picture that are all infrequent in today’s action films with Robocop not afraid to lighten the mood along with mixing in themes that are more meaningful and heartfelt, a mood that is heightened by a cast full of colourful and committed actors.
Peter Weller in the role he will always be remembered for is great as our hero Murphy, playing the man and machine with an always calm yet readily menacing presence. As he quips his way through the movie we are always on his side and that’s without the film bothering with much exposition at all. Other actors in the piece from Nancy Allen’s female cop Anne and Kurtwood Smith’s downright slimy Clarence J. Boddicker. All make their characters there’s which fits in fantastically with Verhoeven’s at times ingenious direction.
When you watch Robocop today you really get the sense that even though it has now happened a remake/reboot is entirely unnecessary with the original still standing up in today’s standards and still packing both a punch in the entertainment and social commentary stakes. If you’re thinking about going to see the new Robocop why not just watch the original instead? As they say the original is always the best.
4 steps out of 5