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How can one describe a movie like, Robocop? It has a title so generic, so simple, that it would give the impression that the movie is just as bland. Robocop is anything but. Not only is this film bloody, awesome, slick and action packed, it is also very unique in the way that director Paul Verhoeven has presented to us, his vision of a dystopian Detroit that can be seen by some as a way of making a statement on corrupt corporations, which are gradually taking over how our society is run. Paul Verhoeven conveys the message which is embedded in the film’s screenplay written by Edward Neumeier, in such a sleek manner which ultimately gave us this godly final product we now know as, Robocop.
Robocop tells the story of rookie cop, James Murphy (Peter Weller), who when going on his first assignment to stop the “criminal mastermind”, Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith), is brutally murdered. His death is most likely one of the most brutal deaths to ever to be put on screen. It was like watching a man being raped, but by bullets. In the aftermath, and when finally declared deceased, a company known by the name of OCP uses his inanimate body for a new program known as RoboCop. This new program is designed to improve law enforcement in the city of Detroit, in the hopes of removing all crime from the area and eventually replacing “old Detroit” with a new city, Delta City. The program, if you couldn’t tell from its rather obvious name, is also designed to make humans into machines, unstoppable robotic cops, which is what officer Murphy has been made into. No longer human, Murphy is now known by the general public as the titular Robocop, who stops crime in some of the most bad ass ways imaginable.
The film could be seen by many as a straight up awesome action flick, which is all howdy doody, but it can also be seen as something much more than that. Throughout various points in the film, we are shown various advertisements when the characters are watching television, all advertisements by the way are of big brand name corporations. OCP, the company running the RoboCop program, is one of those big brand name corporations, and a corrupt one as well. The director is presenting these advertisements to us as a way of showing how big corporations, such as OCP and many others, are taking over how our society is run. Although it is in a very exaggerated, and almost comedic manner, it’s pretty clear that Verhoeven is telling us that this is a bad thing. The way in which the writers and the director present the Robocop character to us, is in a very godly manner. We’re given the impression that Robocop is the mirror image of everything that is right in the world, and he is the one thing that will bring justice to the corrupt environment which we live in, as well as the only thing that can stop a corrupt corporal take over. It’s the way in which Verhoeven conveys these messages to us through his direction, that make this film so unique as well as so great.
Not to mention he also directs some pretty amazing action sequences. The sequences are very exaggerated as well as very bloody, which is what makes it even better. I’m a big fan of blood, as well as scenes where people are shot to death in very gruesome ways,. That’s probably one reason why they might have felt so glorifying. Dont worry, I’m mentally stable, as well as absolutely sure that this is a movie that everyone should see. While some performances are pretty weak, and a few of the effects are a bit outdated, it’s got such a great blend of action, science fiction, and awesome that it’s hard not to recommend. It’s probably Verhoeven’s greatest flick as well as one of the greatest sci-fi films to ever be made. Just be sure that you dont go out dressed in a robot costume made from cardboard boxes and think start thinking that you’re impermeable to bullets. I tried that.