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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

RoboCop by Paul Verhoeven, 1987 (UR)

with Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Robert DoQui, Ray Wise, Felton Perry, Paul McCrane

In Paul Verhoeven's landmark sci-fi thriller, the monolithic corporation controlling a futuristic, crime-riddled Detroit transforms a dead cop into a cybernetic law-enforcement unit called RoboCop -- and soon the streets are safe.

Paul Verhoeven is the director of "Total Recall" and "Basic Instinct" with is already good enough to consider. Plus, "RoboCop" is a classic in Sci-fi. I had never seen it, and was wondering how good it could be, specially because I am a fan of "The Terminator" (1984), and was afraid the similarities would make the comparison unfair.
Anyway, nothing to do, and a great surprise. The movie has its very own esthetic with a city in its downfall, Detroit, its abandoned factories and crime, while some are enriching themselves in a sort of futurist design home or hyper-company. Then visually, I found interesting in 1984 to incorporate the first video-presentation (when they are introducing the new cop-robot), the screen effect when we are seeing the world through the eyes of RoboCop, and also computer technology which later will look like that. Then the story is interesting, because they are actually using the body of a dead cop to make an hybrid, which somehow reminds me in a stretched parallel to "Source Code".
It is very action driven, with good and bad people, a humanized robot, not many subtleties, still, an intelligent vision of the future, and therefor great entertainment.

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