At the time this movie came out, RoboCop addressed a lot of issues that were occurring at the time. The plot was actually your regular cop drama but with science fiction twist inserted right in the middle. Writers Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner have made a film that not only makes us wish RoboCop was a real figure but also reveals the power struggle between the good-willed and corrupt individuals in and out of normal society. Then there's also director Paul Verhoeven who tops the whole project with his signature of blood, guts and more blood.
|Peter Weller as the crime fighting cyborg...RoboCop|
Playing the thugs' leader is Clarence Boddicker, acted by Kurtwood Smith. Smith is so convincing with his character, that it almost seemed like he was having fun being Boddicker all the time! It's ironic because who would want to know him? Boddicker has no soft spots anywhere, for anyone. And there's a difference because he's not a psychotic killer; he's heartless. He's a five year old child who has a "blow up things" mindset in a forty year old man's body. He doesn't care what collateral damage he makes either as long as it satisfies him. Even weirder is the fact that some may find Smith's character more appealing that Weller's!
|ED-209,...one of RoboCop's toughest adversaries|
Note that I've only gone over the main characters. Now there's the topic of costume design and make-up effects. These two groups really had something going here. The idea of what RoboCop should look like is enthralling. What baffles me to this day is how they got it to look like the face of Peter Weller was stapled onto the front of a robotic head. These people literally had to know what they were getting themselves into when they signed onto this project. How to get a human being to look like that requires a lot of creativity.
The action is good too. And by action, I define it as the amount of carnage. Whenever Paul Verhoeven makes a film, blood is a requirement and this film delivers it by the pint. It's not a gore festival but it is on the bloodbath scale. The music, composed and conducted by Basil Poledouris is a valuable element to the film as well. The movie has its own theme and it has light brushes sci-fi tunes in it too. It's a film that is hard not to enjoy.
Noted as one the best science fiction films ever made, this film was a star-making role for Peter Weller. The violent scenes fit the tone perfectly as do the dramatic moments between them.
Points Earned --> 10:10