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Friday, December 27, 2013

Movie Review: Robocop (1987) directed by Paul Verhoeven

With a remake on the horizon this is the perfect time to look through your
DVDs or dust off your VHS and pop in the old 80s action film “Robocop”. If you have the DVD a remake sounds like a good idea because the stop motion action is on the cheesy side and the models just fall short of real. Then again if you have less than perfect eyesight you may not notice these things.

Peter Weller, who plays the Techno-zombie title character Robocop, gives us a surprisingly true performance. The internal struggle of ghost and machine is vivid and real with Weller. We gain the feel that no armor, not even that of titanium, can protect a police officer from the many levels of crime and corruption that our hero needs to navigate.

In the concrete and rust jungle Robocop must fight cackling villains that delight in their mischief like imps from hell, and in the crisp and shine rich world he faces the techno-terrors of his own creators. Even within his own body there is a battle waged between the machine with it programming and the man with his memories.

Robocop is a film of almost nonstop action that hardly made it to an R rating. It makes statements and asks questions about who we are in our age of computers and technology. The film Robocop may not have aged well but its sentiments and symbolism only become more timely with age.

Who should watch this film: Sci Fi and action junkies, lovers of good story and strong plot, those of us who would like to see a movie that asks us to look deeper and read the subtext.

This film is beautiful, sad, hopeful, and artistic.