RoboCop (1987)

Yes, there was a fairly bland remake of this film that came and went a couple years ago. Before that there were some questionable appearances on the pro wrestling circuit by Officer Murphy. Before that there was a seriously ill-advised Saturday morning cartoon series, a run of TV movies, and two shitty sequels. But standing tall above that river of trash, proud and shiny, is the 1987 original, a pitch-black comedy that blends satire and violence to mock American excess and naked capitalism while also telling the story of a man fighting to regain a shred of the humanity taken from him by a corrupt corporate oligarchy. Always watchable, enjoyable, quotable, and sadly, even 30 years later, socially relevant. Maybe even moreso, now.


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Paul Verhoeven