Movie Title: Robocop
Actors: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Robert DoQui, Ray Wise, Felton Perry, Paul McCrane, Jesse D. Goins, Del Zamora, Calvin Jung, Rick Lieberman, Lee de Broux
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Method of Viewing: TV
Location of Viewing: Home
Viewing with: No One
Rotten Tomatoes: 88% – While over-the-top and gory, Robocop is also a surprisingly smart sci-fi flick that uses ultraviolence to disguise its satire of American culture.
My rating: ***
My assessment (the first 101 words at least): This movie is considered one of the greatest of all time, completely forgiven for it’s silly plot due to it’s fun nature and over the top violence. I spent this movie either laughing with the movie, laughing at the movie, or being amazed at just how much violence was going on. As long as you’re in a good mood, you can at least enjoy this movie. The movie more or less knows that it can be over the top with the violence, while still keeping the audience entertained. I still believe the movie is overrated, but I had a good time.
From the few reviews I’ve read there seems to be a consensus that this is a smart SciFi movie due to it’s unique portrayal of the dystopian future. Perhaps I’ve simply been spoiled by a bunch of copycats, but I really didn’t notice anything unique or exciting about the setting. Despite the movie more or less pushing it in your face with annoying fake advertisements and fake news reports, I never really cared about any of that. It just seemed like a distraction.
There were quite a few moments where I simply had to laugh at this movie. When Robocop is walking through a hail of gunfire, why didn’t anyone simply aim for his gorram mouth. That big fleshy bullseye? Or how about the ED-209. The first time it works, it kills a guy and half the people don’t seem to give a damn. Why didn’t Dick Jones get arrested for murder at that point? Or at least something get investigated. My favorite part, besides the fact that the ED-209 makes absolutely no God damn sense as a law enforcement machine, is that the damn thing can’t handle stairs. Seriously, I could see all villains committing crimes near stairs from now on so they could easily run away.
I absolutely love the ending. From the over the top death of each and every bad guy (seriously, one gets mutated by toxic waste, and then just obliterated?) to the hilarious final death (I feel stupid for not figuring out that the ending would be as simple as “your fired”. I especially like how the movie ends almost immediately after the final death. One extra line and then the movie just ends with the title card. It’s so simple, as though they couldn’t possibly fit anymore action into it.