A monolithic corporation controlling a futuristic, crime-riddled Detroit transforms a dead cop into a cybernetic law-enforcement unit called RoboCop.

Year: 1987
Certificate: 18
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Peter WellerNancy AllenDan O’HerlihyRonny CoxKurtwood SmithMiguel FerrerRobert DoQuiRay WiseFelton PerryPaul McCraneJesse D. Goins

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I grew up in the 80s. I was born in 1981 and, even when young, I remember some seeing some amazing movies; most of which I probably shouldn’t have seen at that age and if it happened today I would be lynched by the helicopter parenting crew. Gladly, it didn’t turn me into a crazy psycho [Editor’s note: are you sure?] but it definitely fed my love for film.

In 1987 there came a film that was set in the future. A future where law and order had been abandoned. Police have lost control of Detroit. Two police officers, Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) and Anne Louise (Nancy Allen), are joined together and on their first patrol end up chasing down one of the many gangs that rule the city. After a gun fight, Murphy and Lewis think they have the upper-hand until Murphy is cornered by the gang with no escape. The remaining gang members decide to have a little fun with Officer Murphy and begin torturing him. After shooting him numerous times, they leave him for dead. Back up arrives and whisks him to the closest hospital, but his injuries are just too bad and there is no way he can survive…

A mega corporation called Omni Consumer Products, who recently took control of areas of Detroit for development, have been tasked with improving the Detroit Police Force and take Murphy’s downfall as an opportunity to try something new.

They use the recently deceased Alex Murphy as part of their ‘Robocop’ project and replace most of his body with cybernetics but leave his human brain which has been cleared of all it’s memories. As hoped, ‘RoboCop’ clears the streets until the old Murphy begins to come through as does the realisation of what has happened to him. While answering a routine call, he recognises one of the crew that he was tortured by and decides to find out who was behind making him the monster he now was.

I love this movie for many reasons. The storyline has become more and more believable as time passes and the acting is still pretty good, even for a movie that is 30+ years old. Although not something that bothers me, the violence in this film is pretty intense. The scene where he is tortured by the gang can be difficult to get through without looking away, but none of it seems like it was done for the sake of it and it all sits well within the story. As can be expected, the special effects aren’t as good as you often see in recent films, but again, pretty good for a movie of it’s age.

The look and feel of the film is great and just like the acting, stands up pretty well. I’m not really sure who this movie would appeal to other than everybody who likes action.

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  1. I scanned through this last month. It seems to be the director’s cut except for one shot. The glaring close up when Bobby gets shot in the leg is missing. It’s the shot from the theatrical cut that’s used. Sky showed the exact same version.

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