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Robocop (20th Anniversary Edition) back to product details

Top-notch action flick
written by krisalm September 10, 2005 - 4:11 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Robocop remains both my favorite action movie and highly underrated. The name is ridiculous but the movie itself is nuanced and very funny. Like Starship Troopers, the satirical elements of the movie are presented straight-faced making it difficult at times for the unsophisticated to understand.

I wish it were easier to get a copy of the criterion collection version of this movie which has director/writer commentary. The commentary reveals a lot about the thinking that went into this film. The writer says that the first scene he dreamed up was near the beginning when ED-209 goes berserk on a conference room of executives. He explains that before writing the movie he had been a film studio executive and during his numerous boring meetings he wanted nothing more than to have a giant robot blow everyone away. Also, Verhoeven reveals that he views Robocop as a Christ figure (although the writer does not). The movie is spotted with references to Christ, from Peter Weller's hand being shot off in the beginning (one of the most gut-wrenching, poignant and awesome scenes in cinema history) to a scene near the end of the movie where Robocop "walks on water".

Robocop introduced America to Verhoeven's unique and masterful use of hyper-real violence and satire and few people give this movie the credit it deserves. I'm still sad that Showgirls ruined his career.


(Average 6.86)
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