“Dead or Alive you are coming with me!” Exclaims the over confident police enforcer as he points his gun towards the shocked drug dealers and other petty criminals.
Yes children, it’s Robocop. A film that sadly gets discredited as being nothing more than a cheesy 80’s action flick. I would like to spend a few paragraphs telling you how much nonsense this is, and in fact what a gem Robocop really is.
First of all. He’s a robot man, not an android, not a robot, but half man half machine. This in itself is awesome. However, there aren’t many Sci-Fi movies with this kind of story that aren’t set in either the squeeky clean Space Odyssey future, or the gritty industrial Alien future. Robocop is in fact set in Detroit, but a future not too different from our lives now.
There was a trend in the 70s and 80s to make films involving vigilante cops, “Blade Runner”, “Lethal Weapon” and “Die Hard” to name a few. But the fight between Man and Machine, a fight won ultimately by machine, is perhaps not so common.
The battle between the two is emphasised by Basil Poledouris’ almost Vangelis like soundtrack, including a good mix of traditional string instruments and heavy synthesisers.
There is a strong air of cultural criticism, especially that of 1980’s society, running through Robocop. For example a recurring TV show, in which the catchphrase “I’ll buy that for a dollar!” is often heard. This catchphrase is perhaps an example of the commercialism and capitalist ideals that were a focus point on 1980s American Culture. If you are a lucky enough fan to have the directors cut, it is revealed that the TV show is called “It’s Not My Problem!” take from that what you will.
Some critics also draw comparisons between Robocop’s struggle and that of Christ. I’m sorry if some people believe that, but that is maybe looking a little too deep and taking a few liberal scrapes from the bottom of the barrel.
I am forever going to be insulted at the mention that Robocop is not a serious film. With a remake very far down the pipeline, let’s see what the future holds for our cyborg police man.