Film: RoboCop (1987)

RoboCop is endlessly re-watchable.  That’s a fact, a personal, subjective fact, but a fact nonetheless and facts don’t lie.  What makes it so enduring is that so much clever is crammed into the 102 minute runtime and yet it never forgets that it is also pulpy genre cinema and proudly trumpets all the excess and mayhem that that entails.

RoboCop is one of the many reasons that I love mainstream American cinema, it’s a movie you can hold up and say ‘look, here’s a really smart film and it has a cool bit where a guy melts and then gets hit by a car’.

1. Here’s a great link to the BBFC’s original certification notes –
2. Although enjoyable and a great way to get all that pesky exposition sorted I always thought that the  adverts / news coverage laid it on a touch thick… but being British I’d never seen Morton Downey Jr. before…

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  1. Robo Cop (1987) and Total Recall (1990) were the perfect films of the science fiction genre of that day. They both are classics as we can look back and appreciate their campy ideal. Sadly, Hollywood just can resist milking both of them for more money with ‘updated’ remakes.

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