The first or the original Robocop movie (1987) is maybe only the true one, which we can call the best of the series. The other following series like Robocop 2 and Robocop 3 are still disputable flicks with no innovations at all (except maybe the 3d part). And we are not taking in consideration the TV series which are definitely suck ass! First of all, this movie is a big hit and even event in sci-fi genre of 80’s. Robocop is a good example that the sophisticated genre like science fiction can be so marketable and entertaining in the couple with action! The Terminator is definitely another good example.
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The success of the movie is a Robocop itself. People always liked masculine superhero robots and Robocop had an original design and character never shown before in Hollywood so well. All starts with Alex Murphy, this is the famous name now, just like John Connor for many people. Alex Murthy is a typical Detroit cop, and I guess many people heard about notorious murder-city too! He operates in his heavy duty job and gets the trace on a vicious drug gang! But wait a second! I will not describe you the whole movie! Let’s criticize a little bit.
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First of all, how looks the Detroit city In this movie? Is it realistic for 80’s? Is it realistic for Detroit? Yes, it looks more like Dallas, because it is mostly Dallas TX, but we can follow up for some Detroit locations too, like burned out Ford plants and abandoned factories, cranes, metal shifts, etc. Yes, this is more like Detroit, bad weather, cold and rusted metal. Gangs are ruling the streets, drugs are cheaper than ice cream and all you need to get a gun is just to shout out: “guys I need a gun!” and somebody definitely with the black skin will approach to you with his supply on your offer.
Truly American approach
In the Robocop movie you can see all about Detroit and America itself – violence, cars, drugs, guns, corruption did I mention violence? Even Paul Verhoven delivers his message pertaining the GM’s collapse in this movie. Remember hilarious advertising scenes in the first Robocop movie? We forgot to mention that Paul Verhoven, that German bastard and brother of Uwo Boll was an advertiser before his move career! Look at the ads like this for example:
[blockquote_message]Buy only the best cars! D3000 SUX! Bigger means better![/blockquote_message]
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Here we see some references to Chrysler 300D, the huge muscle car of 60’s! Of course, we all know that Americans like big cars, but that sarcasm and irony “bigger means better” is wrong for economy, especially when you have the fuel efficient Toyota and Honda on your ass! Even the Robocop looks like he was designed and assembled in one of the GM’s plant in Detroit! Bulky, heavy, shiny, metallic, awkward, glitchy… can we say just Chrysler?
So, now we see that the movie director has chose the Detroit city not just out of the vault, sitting in German pub and watching the Nazi TV shows. He chose it for mockery and criticizing American economy and cowboy style! And now we are criticizing him for that movie! And I can definitely say Robocop is a good movie!
Maybe the worst part of the movie is the violent and gruesome scene, there officer Murthy gets killed by a four eyed villain Clarence Bodykicker (?). The scene has a deliberately prolongation of violent derision and humiliation under police officer’s body, back then in the abandoned factory. Especially, the part with the ripped out hand, which was excluded from the theatrical release. And I think it was made right towards our children. And we are still asking about the high crime rates?
Experimenting or bullshitting?
Another outraging moment, how Alex Murthy could be possibly survived for OCP’s Robocop experiment after then villain shot him directly in the head? I mean, the brain has been obviously damaged, why they picked up the man with the damaged brain for the experiment? In Detroit city everyday somebody dies from more “reliable” and “soft” wounds like cancer and chest explosion! Couldn’t OCP pick up some villains or bums who just nearly dying from cancer or just had shot in the chest after another robbery on Woodward Ave? Many people in Colorado would do that for money with their healthy bodies!
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And look at this screenshot, Robocop’s back head is totally metallic! What, they have totally drained out the brain and put inside electronic schemes instead of the brain? Then why they should to pick up a human body at all, if the Robocop in 99% consists of metal and micro schemes? Just to skin up the human face on the cyborg carcass? By the way, that human face of Murphy is also concealed behind the metal mask, so we could see only the lips and sometimes eyes! Another question is how the hell Murphy had those memories about the past in that creepy lobotomized condition?
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All right, this review is not about scientific part of the movie; let’s say that Robocop is a classic sci-fi action movie which is very entertaining to watch, except some too explicit and gruesome moments. The villains are great, the story about mayor and corruption is also reflects our reality. Detroit streets are awesome and dangerous. The robot-villain is stupid and intimidating! The ending is original!
Now the Robocop franchise is looks like has totally exhausted. However, It would be interesting if somebody will make a movie like “Robocop and the secret of OCP”, or “Robocop-the revenge of Morgan!” Damn, I need some pills or should I say some NUKE?
Check part 2 and reveal the evils plans of Robocop and Detroit mayor!