He's RoboCop. And in the near future he's law enforcement's only hope. A sadistic crime wave is sweeping across America. In Old Detroit the situation is so bad a private corporation Omni Consumer Products (OCP) has assumed control of the police force. The executives at the company think they have the answer - until the enforcement droid they create kills one of their own. Then an ambitious young executive seizes the opportunity. He and his research team at Security Concept
Paul Verhoeven's "RoboCop" is probably best remembered as a gritty, extremely violent futuristic action piece, and it undoubtedly excels on this front. But it's also a surprisingly witty and biting satire of media, the politics of law enforcement, and the Orwellian misuse of power. The film's satire pivots on the idea that, to those in power in this futuristic city, the "perfect cop" is imagined as a being completely without human feeling or sympathies, who will blindly enforce the law without thought for the people affected. To that end, the Halliburton-like independent contractor OCP first creates an entirely robotic police bot, ED-209, but this proves unreliable due to a programming glitch. Thus, the designers settle on a kind of compromise solution, turning a fatally injured policeman (Peter Weller) into a cybernetic hybrid, his human impulses suppressed by rigid programming rules. The film is a heartfelt outcry against this tendency towards the removal of normal human reactions from governmental and police actions, and RoboCop, as the film's hero, remains sympathetic only to the extent that he resists his programming and tries to rediscover his human past. Verhoeven's direction ably balances the film's tonal shifts and many moods, allowing the film to move smoothly from taut action sequences to broad comedy to withering satire. Best of all is the climactic battle between RoboCop and ED-209, which begins with a hail of bullets and flurries of action, but soon shifts into outright comedy when Verhoeven anthropomorphizes the awkward robot, drawing humor out of its tentative attempts to walk down a staircase. When it ends up on its back, crying like a baby, it's a weirdly hilarious moment in the midst of a brutal action scene. The message is obvious: removing humanity from the equation is both dangerous and fundamentally limiting. "RoboCop" delivers this political commentary with wit and startling insight, as well as with the requisite gore and ultraviolence, making a bright, flashy film that is nevertheless not lacking in deeper substance.
Seminal 'ultra-violent' futuristic satire from Paul Verhoeven. An excellent European look at 80s, corporate America complete with digs at the State, greed and low-brow TV!
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. He's RoboCop. And in the near future, he's law enforcement's only hope. A sadistic crime wave is sweeping across America. In Old Detroit, the situation is so bad a private corporation, Omni Consumer Products (OCP), has assumed control of the police force. The executives at the company think they have the answer - until the enforcement droid they create kills one of their own. Then an ambitious young executive seizes the opportunity. He and his research team at Security Concepts create a law enforcement cyborg from the body of a slain officer. All goes well at first. Robocop stops every sleazeball he encounters with deadly, piercing, and sometimes gruesome accuracy. But there are forces on the street, and within Security Concepts itself, that will stop at nothing to see this super cyborg violently eliminated... Prepare yourself for non-stop action and adventure in one of the most explosive sci-fi stories you'll ever witness: Robocop. Special Features Documentary 'Flesh and Steel' Production Reel with Deleted Scenes Build Audio Commentary by Director Paul Verhoeven and Screenwriter Ed Neumeier Deleted Scenes Two Original Featurettes: 'Shooting Robocop' and 'Making Robocop' Photo Gallery Storyboard Comparisons with Audio Commentary Trailers TV Commercial Actors Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Miguel Ferrer, Kurtwood Smith, Dan O'Herlihy, Ray Wise, Paul McCrane & Jesse D. Goins Director Paul Verhoeven Certificate 18 years and over Year 1987 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Subtitles Czech ; Danish ; English ; English for the hearing impaired ; Finnish ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Hungarian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Swedish ; Turkish Duration 1 hour and 38 minutes (approx)
Paul Verhoeven directs this classic sci-fi action feature starring Peter Weller. Set in the near future, Detroit's soaring crime rate is unsuccessfully policed by a corporation which plans to build a new city. When the new 'enforcement droid' proves unworkable, a murdered cop (Weller) is wired into a computer-controlled titanium body and set to the task at hand. Unimpressed, 'Robocop' seeks vengeance on all sides in this violent but often funny tale.