Dead or Alive You’ll Love This Movie – Robocop (1987)

by Peter on January 12, 2014

MV5BMTk1MDUzMTQ3OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDAwNTk0NA@@._V1_SX640_SY720_Whenever I made my Birthday Wish List it wasn’t uncommon for it to be made up of 75% movies. I would ask for both new and classic movies, but in 8th grade I got one of those movies I had never heard of. I got the Robocop Trilogy and to be honest at first glance I wasn’t thrilled about it mostly because, that year, I really wanted the Plant of the Apes Movie Collection instead. After reading the description on the back of the box and watching the trailer I figured out it was similar to all the other 1980’s Science-Fiction films I loved. It wasn’t long before I had watch each of the three movies in their entirely. Here are my thoughts on the first movie in the trilogy: Robocop.

Like I said I had never heard of the movie, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Robocop begins with an average cop joining the average police force to battle the criminals of Detroit, though he doesn’t know what he is getting himself into. The biggest criminal is Clarence J. Boddicker, played by Kurtwood Smith, who will always be Red Foreman from That ’70s Show (1998-2006 ) in my mind. We learn quickly that in the future the Detroit Police Department has been bought out by Omni Consumer Products (OCP), a big corporation getting their hands on everything from the military weaponry to hospitals. At this time the company is trying to replace the cops who are constantly going on strike. ED-209 is a prototype robot that will be the replacement. In a demonstration to the Board of Directors the robot malfunctions in a simple arrest and ends with ED-209 shooting the guts out of a poor employee. When I mean shooting his guts out I mean literally, this is one of those scenes you will never forget.

The malfunction of ED-209 leads to the go ahead for the Robocop Project. Alex Murphy the cop we meet in the beginning will become Robocop, but I let you watch this movie to figure out how this comes to be. Robocop/Alex Murphy is played by Peter Weller, who I first saw in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984). One of his first arrests is at a gas station and this is when Robocop will first repeat his famous line, “Dead or Alive you’re coming with me.” If you could guess from the fact that this is a 1980’s action movie or the fact that they are at a gas station, in the end there will be quite an explosion.

We get a sense of what Hollywood thought the future would be like, including the misfire of Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars Project and a look at future boards games. We first heard of “Nukem” in a short commercial during the local evening news. It is a family board game from the Butler Brothers, simulating the inevitability of nuclear war all from the comfort of your own living room. Over the course of the game you can invade your opponents’ countries, impose sanctions and enforce regime change. The game ends when one of the players gives up and launches nukes. This causes a mushroom cloud hologram to erupt on your table at once showing both the creativity and the humor of this movie.

This movie is important to watch for a few reasons. For starters if you’re going to see Robocop (2014), the remake, coming out February 12th, then you got to see the original.  Also, if you are like me and love 1980’s action, adventure or if you just watch to see some classic ’80s haircuts, then you have to watch this. If you’ve seen Robocop (1987) then comment below on what your thoughts are and if you haven’t seen it, go watch, and then comment. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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