1987: RoboCop

Cover of "Robocop"

Cover of Robocop

In 1987, the classic, RoboCop was released. Set in a criminally-destroyed and corrupt Detroit city, a police officer on the brink of death is brought back, in the form of a cyborg. Peter Weller plays almost-dead officer, Alex Murphy, brought back as RoboCop, a half-man, half-machine police officer with a love for upholding the law. Set in the future, Murphy is brutally murdered by head of a vicious street gang, Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith), and is brought back through body reconstruction, with the addition of a steel outer shell.

Head company who runs the city of Detroit, Omni Consumer Products (OCP) have used the reconstruction of Alex Murphy as a means of getting on good terms with the public, as they had recently created a crime-fighting robot with a deadly glitch in its system. Dick Jones, an employee of OCP, created robot, ED-209, whom RoboCop must destroy, once ED-209’s glitch comes into effect. However, Alex Murphy’s past memories are rediscovered whilst he in the form of RoboCop, and he remembers Clarence Boddicker, and realises he must find and arrest him, whilst finding and bringing down Dick Jones, who Boddicker is working for.

The movie ends with Dick Jones revealing that he had Bob Morton, the OCP employee who created RoboCop, killed, at which point Jones orders ED-209 to kill RoboCop. RoboCop manages an escape, before he kills Boddicker. RoboCop then returns to OCP headquarters, where he confronts Jones in front of everyone, showing evidence to prove Jones is guilty. Jones then attempts to kill The Old Man, the boss of OCP, before  The Old Man voids RoboCop’s Fourth Directive, which initially stopped RoboCop from taking action towards any OCP employees. RoboCop then shoots Jones several times, before he falls out of the skyscraper window.

Now, as corny as this movie sounds, it is great. RoboCop is a classic, and I can’t think of any other movie like it. It’s the actual cheesiness of the movie, mixed with it’s crazy violence and cheesy humour, which makes it so good. Ridiculous one-liners, mixed with violence, it’s brilliant. The storyline isn’t the best, but it’s suffcient, and keeps the movie going. The action scenes are great, and although it doesn’t have the best storyline, the sub-plots based on RoboCop and his life as Alex Murphy are interesting, and follow on into the sequel movie.

The special effects aren’t the best either, but this movie was made over 20 years ago, and were good for its time. Overall, the movie is great, and thoroughly enjoyable. It has a dangerous, brutal, and rugged feeling about it, and the fact that they make this cheesy idea of a RoboCop seem so cool is even better. If you haven’t seen this movie, I highyl recommend you watch it. A 4th installment is also currently in the works. So watch this one in preparation.

By Manpreet Singh

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