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RoboCop (1987)
April 3, 2011, 11:49 am
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Director: Paul Verhoeven

One of the most unusual blockbusters of the 1980s, RoboCop is a difficult-to-categorize genre piece that successfully defies one’s expectations at every turn. It is a film that alternates between trashy slapstick, sharp satire, and philosophical ruminations without batting an eye. With influences that can be traced all the way back to Fritz Lang’s Metropolis through its juxtapositions of class and Verhoeven’s wariness about a future techo-utopia, RoboCop demonstrates how little our current blockbusters are willing to risk. Encompassing the frustrations of the Reagan years while leaving room for the over-the-top Kurtwood Smith to shout lines like “Bitches, leave!”, RoboCop is wholly absorbing until it abandons humor for the action set pieces of the latter half.