"There's a new guy in town. His name's Robocop."
The above is what the creator of Robocop says as he looks over his creation.
In this movie, we get to see how exactly police officer Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) becomes the cyborg, Robocop. He is created just in time since he is now the first defence between the city ("Old Detroit") and a group of thugs determined to take over this city.
Making Robocop's job even tougher, is the fact that corruption extends into the upper echelons of the police hierarchy.
What makes this movie even more interesting is that Robocop still has memories or flashbacks of being fully human. As well, there are subtle themes regarding the media, corruption, privatization, identity, human nature, etc.
Beware that this movie can be quite violent but this violence is counter-balanced with comical elements.
I have to give kudos to Peter Weller's acting. Despite having on some hefty hardware, he still manages to bring out the humanity of Robocop. And Ronny Cox gives a tremendous performance as a corrupt corporate official.
As well, I found that the main background music added to each scene of this movie.
Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 2001) has only one extra: the original theatrical trailer.
In conclusion, this is a sci-fi action movie that seems to work on several different levels. Also, it could very well show
"the future of law enforcement."
(1987; 1 hr, 37 min excluding end credits; wide screen; 16 scenes; rated 'R')
<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>