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Robocop (1987) R2 Retail DVD
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Robocop has gone down as something of a cult movie, overlooked by many and loved by others. There are some cult movies that are are so poor that you are left wondering what has kept people watching. And then there are cult movies which leave you amazed that they have not become recognised classics. Robocop is definately one of the latter.
The story is comic bookesque in nature and on the surface it is fairly straightforward; a cop in Detroit of the future is rebuilt after his murder, as Robocop, a near-invincible cyborg, set to rid the city of thugs and vandals before it is rebuilt as themore… glittering Delta City. Once you dip deeper, you find many fascinating angles and interpretations of the film. All throughout there is the cold humanity, evident in the way that the saviour of the city (Robocop himself) is able to save a woman from rape but has no compassion whatsoever. When he finally wakes up he is confronted by the sickening estate agent in his old house, still bearing mementos of his family, he flips as the agent (on a computer screen of course) chatters innane sales drivel. There is the warning signs of corruption with Omni Consumer Products (OCP) and their control of the Police Force. Perhaps it is a subtle dig at corporatism, perhaps not, but it still terrifies as the society, corrupted by gread and consumerism fly ever closer to self destruction (emphasised by the catch-phrase 'I'll buy that for a dollar!'). There is also the reminder that evil, corruption and violence cannot be swept away Noah's Ark style as we see with one of the main characters (I won't give away who) talking through his visions for the perfect Delta City. I first watched this film when I was six (yes, six!) and just thought it was a cool action film, but what you see as the years go by reveals what a deep and powerful film it really is.
So why then has it become a cult film? Why is it not a recognised classic? Well, the first problem is that action films are rarely taken seriously as genuine cinema. While this is justified in many a case it does not apply to Robocop. Here, the violence is a necessary part of the story, rather that the story itself. However, many people are either turned off by, or don't take violence seriously. As the violence here is so extreme, it's unsuprising many have turned away. It is ultra violence of the kind that only Alex from Clockwork Orange would trully aspire to. The heavy drug use also serves to act as a deterrent for many critics. My advice is to make your own mind up. There is so much that one can take from this splendid film. It may be horrifcally violent, but it is also a brilliantly told story, played out to perfection by all concerned. Well worthy of a place in cinema history, I would like it to get the credit it is due, but hopefully, the world will never become violent enough to love it too much.
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