Dead or alive, you're gonna watch this movie.I saw this on cable just a few nights ago. It was edited, but even then, it's still damn good.
Say what you will about director Paul Verhoeven, but the guy makes violence cool. I like the fact that while this is an action movie, first and foremost, there's certain elements of satire. Not necessarily humor, like the forced one-liners of most action films, but genuine satire. Like a family boardgame called Nukem that plays like Battleship on crack. Or there's a scene where a robot police officer enters a boardroom full of executives. One exec is told to pull a gun on the machine to demonstrate its cpabilities. He does. The robot tells him to put down the weapon. He does. The robot tells him to put down the weapon again, counts to five, and then shoots the poor bastard. I laugh my ass off everytime I see that.
Anyway. It's Detroit sometime in the future, and crime's running rampant. Murphy (Peter Weller) is a hero cop who gets killed in the line of duty. Some guy gets the bright idea to make a cop who's part man, part machine, since cops are getting killed pretty frequently, most afraid to go out there. So Murphy, not by choice, becomes Robocop, a cyborg supercop who does what he can to clean up his town. He eventually goes after the man who killed him (Kurtwood Smith), who tells him he was put up to it by an exec of the company who ultimately built him (Ronny Cox). Robocop heads after him, then ends up in a fight with another big ol' robot.
Lots of action, lots of violence, and it's got that black comedy/satire feel to it. Weller is awesome as Robocop; he'd never have a role like that again.
Definitely one of the better action films out there.Drop it!