Demolition Man(released Oct./93)stars Wesley Snipes as killer extreme Simon Phoenix and Sylvester Stallone as Sgt.John Spartan of the LAPD.The movie is a rollicking good ride,with a very good blend of intense action mixed with a good sense of humour.
The plot takes place in a slightly futuristic LA,and it has Stallone as a no nonsense LAPD officer trying to capture the notorious killer Snipes.The confrontation ends in a warehouse,but Snipes won't come clean as to the whereabouts of some hostages.The building is rigged to explode as Stallone barely makes it out alive with Snipes on his shoulder.Post explosion other officers discover the remains of the hostages and Stallone is charged,put on trial and sentenced to cryogenic freezing,the punishment of choice in this world.
In 2032 Snipes,who has been refrozen for his crimes,is thawed for his parole hearing.Society has become awash in political correctness and pacifism during this time and there has been a slowly building underground movement led by one Edgar Friendly(Denis Leary)to turn things back.The leader responsible for this new society is Dr.Cocteau(Nigel Hawthorn)and he has been unable to rid LA of pest,Friendly.To this end,and unknown to the parole board,he has enhanced Snipes abilities for killing to even more extremes,in order to help him rid Los Angeles of the underground movement.Snipes,while sitting strapped into his chair at his hearing ,suddenly becomes loose and ends up escaping the facility.
Snipes goes on a killing spree but the ineffectual LAPD are unable to mobilize,as they do not have the capabilities of handling such a criminal.The police chief comes up with the idea of unfreezing Stallone in the hopes this old bad-butt can lasso this varmint and return him to the cryo chamber.
Re-animated Stallone is a fish out of water.Every time he swears he is fined,as he is as far from the current societal state as he can be.To assist him in this new environment is Lt.Huxley(Sandra Bullock),who just happens to be into old pop culture.She trails Stallone around as he picks up Snipes trail.But Stallone is soon piecing the puzzle together that there is more behind Snipes release than meets the eye and Cocteau is connected to it.Stallone finds a manhole cover and descends into the underground of LA only to find an entire counter society that only wants equality and proper food to eat.He meets Friendly and instead of arresting him he is sympathetic.Suddenly shots spray the area they stand in,as Snipes and some followers also have found Friendly and his group.Snipes escapes with Stallone in hot pursuit.
A car chase ensues and the two end up back at the cryo facilities for the final showdown.Stallone learns from the maniac that the hostages,those many years ago,were already dead before the explosion occurred.So Stallone was sent up for something he didn't do.Snipes gets frozen again but decapped by Stallone.The facility is totally destroyed as the police chief wonders how they are ever going to get along.Stallone suggests they reach a compromise with Friendly and his myriad of followers,to reach an amicable solution.
This film is chock full of adrenaline pumping moments,especially when its two stars go head to head.Stallone is the intense cop while Snipes is the perfect over the edge psycho criminal.Bullock,as Stallone's sidekick,offers up some good funny moments as she gets old sayings screwed up and makes plenty of faux pauxs where Stallone is concerned.Rob Schneider is also on hand as one of the cops with his"He doesn't know how to use the sea shells".How DO you use those darn sea shells?
Technically the film is in is in its original a/r of 1:77:1 and looks clear and crisp throughout.There are really no extras other than commentary.
In conclusion,yes this IS a good movie,no two ways about it.Stallone and Snipes offer up the goods and worked well together in this futuristic good vs evil flick.Recommended.