America is ruled by callous corporations who decide crime must be cut out (so profits can grow). With this in mind, a recently murdered policeman is brought back to life and reprogrammed into the unstoppable RoboCop. But when old memories begin to resurface, he starts questioning the executives and their true intentions.
RoboCop is Vernerhoven’s first cult flick and features all of his distinguishing characteristics. The film is chocked full of excessive violence, overacting, and that perfect amalgamate of satire and genuine trashiness. We particularly love Murphy’s death and subsequent boot sequence, the intermittent TV segments (later used to even better effect in Starship Troopers), the toxic waste transformation, and the perfect symmetry of it all.
RoboCop may be tasteless, but your Caretakers find it delectable nonetheless.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith and Miguel Ferrer
102 minutes – Rated R