Robocop (1987)

“Your move, creep”

Review by Lewis Goodall

Freeze! I suggest you use your right to remain silent. Anything you say or do will be used against you in a court of law. Anything… that’s usually as far as American cops get before they shoot the person so I’m not sure what’s meant to be said after that

Robocop, directed by Paul Verhoeven, is a 80’s sci-fi classic about Murphy (Peter Wellers), a new cop working in Detroit. On his first day on the job, Murphy is blown to bits by a gang using shotguns. In a bid to clean up the city before the construction of a new Detroit, a company called OCP are constructing robots cops to clean up the streets of thugs and gangs. Using Murphy’s body as a prototype, we follow Robocop as he stops crimes.

I wish I was born in the late sixties. That way I could be the age I am now but be living in the era of sci-fi cinema which is miles better than what we have today. Robocop, The Thing, Bladerunner, Terminator, the list goes on. Why is it that now the films are so pussyfied. No film nowadays really has the same punch as they did back then. They remade Robocop in 2014 and it’s a 12A… Kids can see a film about robot policemen who blasts criminals away. It makes me sick but I’m so glad that we can still enjoy the incredible originals

The original Robocop is just so cool. I couldn’t help but just think about how cool everything about him was. On the surface it should be stupid, a robot cop, but the effects in this film and the way Peter Wellers plays the part of Robocop just makes it so cool! A mega machine who’s prime directive is to stop criminals in any means necessary, and that Includes shooting the criminals cock off.

It’s that typical, perfect use of 80’s practical effects that again prove that practical will always trump special effects. Having stop motion for some of the robots in this film may have dated a but but the fact that it’s still a real prop still means that it holds up. Throwing people through walls whilst being shot by 280 rounds of ammunition is the reason this film is just so cool. Oh yeah the story is pretty good too, it’s not just a compilation of practical effects, it also has a full crime syndicate that Murphy has to take down as they are the ones who shot him to bits. The longer he lives inside the suit, the more he begins to remember his old past, and I’ll stop there as to not spoil everything anymore.

Overall, if you haven’t seen this movie then you’ve definitely heard about it. If you haven’t seen it then do yourself a favour and watch this. It’s a perfect 80’s sci-fi with plenty of story and plenty of people being shot, its wonderful. If you’re an American policemen then you should definitely give this a watch for some training, learn from Robocop that its vital to shoot someone who is actually committing a crime, not just for getting a speeding ticket.

8 Thousand Blood Squibs out of 10

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