If there’s one thing Paul Verhoeven got right in his films, it’s that in the near future (that is the near future of 1987), Detroit would collapse. Too bad there wasn’t a RoboCop there to sort things out.
The film stars Peter Weller as a Detroit cop that gets blown to all fuck and put back together as a robot. He goes out to clean up crime but discovers that the CEO of the company that created him is trying to take over and has prevented RoboCop from taking any action against him.
The film actually does as good of a job as it can in discussing the ideas that man will always win over machine, in that Murphy’s consciousness overcomes the robotic programming. There were 2 sequels, RoboCop 2 was released in 1990 and RoboCop 3 in 1993.
The film stars Weller, Kurtwood Smith, Nancy Allen and Ronny Cox.
The movie is also getting a remake in 2014, but since it’s not out at this time, I have no comment. This one stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish and Jackie Earle Haley.