Robocop (1987) – By Brian Morton

 In the world of robots, there seems to be two basic types, the loveable and friendly types, like the Robot from Lost In Space or the equally loveable Number 5 from Short Circuit or the evil killer type robots like the Terminator or those robots from the Will Smith horror, I, Robot. Now, I have nothing against either type of robot, but when it comes to mechanical movie stars, I have to admit, my favorite of them all is Robocop.

If you haven’t seen Robocop, then you’ve probably been living in a cave for the past 19 years or so, because this movie has been on every cable or TV outlet there is, I think it was even on the Home Shopping Network one day, but I’m not sure about that one. But, for you cave dwellers, here’s the basic story: In the not-too-distant future (a favorite time of mine also) Detroit cop Alex Murphy is out to clean up the city, which is getting harder and harder since the city is bankrupt and the evil corporation OCP is doing everything is can to make the city worse and worse to advent a corporate style take over of the city. One day on patrol Murphy and his partner, the ever-cute Nancy Allen, attempt to stop a particularly tough gang, well, things go horrible wrong and Murphy is shot to pieces…literally! But, don’t worry about Murphy, because OCP is looking for a few dead bodies…or mostly dead…to begin trials of their new law enforcement cyborg, Robocop, and Murphy’s mostly dead body fits the bill perfectly.

Murphy is transformed into the title ‘bot and sets about cleaning up the city, with one little problem, he keeps having flashbacks to his human life. Slowly, but surely, Murphy’s personality reestablishes itself and integrates with the new Robocop body, setting the stage for the inevitable movie revenge. And, it’s a good revenge too!

Now, you could talk about Robocop as an 80s allegory to the police state that some people saw the Reagan administration as, or you could comment on the subtext of the crass consumerism of the 80s that was also being commented on, but Robocop is a classic, and it deserves more respect than it gets. The action is top notch, the action is great and the story, while a bit simple, is still very good. Don’t be fooled into rented one of the sequels, the original is still the best. It’s called Robocop and if you haven’t seen it, you need to get outta that cave and come into the 20th century…being that the rest of us have already transitioned into the 21st century, you should be there all by yourself anyway! So, until next time, when I’ll reveal that I, too, am partially robotic…well, if that plate in my head counts, but until I figure that out for sure, remember that the best movies are bad movies!

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