Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Entering the SciFi wing of the Hall Of fame comes RoboCop – the 1987 Paul Verhoeven directed part action part satire that tackles crime, media and violence with a sardonic tone and a dark sense of humour. Over 30 years later it’s surprising just how well RoboCop holds up (and conversely just how forgettable the recent remake is). And even scarier… it feels very much like this could be modern day Trump America. Weller does a great job with the obvious and considerable restrictions that the RoboCop role put upon him but he nails it. However it’s the film villains that shine the most – from Ronny Cox as corporate bully Dick Jones to Kurtwood Smith as the psychotic Clarence Boddicker they chew up the scenery and give the film some really hateful villains. But beyond that it’s a film full of iconic moments – Ed-209, the suit itself, the uber-violence and the infinitely quotable one liners. In short – A must watch.
Best Bit: ED 209 goes rogue.
Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy
If You Liked this Try: RoboCop 2, The Terminator, Total Recall