Release year: 1987
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Screenwriter: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
Starring: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Robert DoQui, Ray Wise, Felton Perry
Ratings: 1 Oscar: Special Achievement Award for Sound Editing. 2 Oscar nominations: Best Sound, Best Film Editing.5 Saturn Wards: Best Science Fiction, Best Director, Best Writing, Best Make-Up, Best Special Effects.
In a dystopic Detroit crime rages in a city run by massive company OCP. To clear the city of crime to develop a new glorious town, OCP develops crime fighting robots, but are unsuccessful at their attempts, until good coop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is killed and they reconstruct his body and brain as a crime-fighting cyborg called Robocop. But the crime sprees lead right to the top of OCP and Robocop struggles with hidden restrictions and submerged human memories that shouldn’t even be possible for a machine to have.
Paul Verhoeven’s (Total Recall, 1990) cyberpunk Action Sci-Fi is a dark comic book adaptation with plenty of tongue in cheek humour and has long become something of a classic. With ultraviolence partly disguising the strong satire of American culture, Robocop is a rare mix of a dark movie that at the same time is rather camp. Moving around heavy and slow, Weller (Star Trek Into Darkness, 2013) does and excellent job acting through the costume with his stoic performance and chisel jawed looks perfect for playing a cyborg where only said jaw is visible. He somehow manages to make Robocop very human and inhuman at the same time, whereas tough female cop Lewis, is played all human by a great Allen (Dressed to Kill, 1980). The special effects of the ED-209 model is stop motion as opposed to computer generated, meaning that though the ages clearly shows, especially for the spoiled eyes of today’s cinema goers, it holds surprisingly well, oozing charm instead of making your toes curl. Don’t expect the movie to blow your mind with its groundbreaking effects, but don’t hesitate expecting to be entertained by this over-the-top action classic.
The Desert Eagle Magnum that is in the OCP Board Room was originally intended to be RoboCop’s gun. There is even existing behind-the-scene photos and footage of Peter Weller practicing with the Desert Eagle; however, when they gave Weller the gun, they noticed that even the bulky Desert Eagle was too small in the hands of RoboCop, so the film’s armory supervisor, Randy E. Moore, brought in a Berretta Automatic Pistol to which a compensator and decorative dressing was added to increase the size of the gun.
Picture copyrights: Sony Pictures