Here Is What You Need To Know:
Is there any real, true doubt that Robocop is a classic? What a brilliant but simple concept to modernize Frankenstein and make him a good guy, as that is largely what Robocop happens to be. The film takes a recently murdered police officer named Alex Murphy and makes him a cyborg that is essentially a walking tank.
At first the Robocop is relatively emotionless but as time goes by the man inside the machine begins to come through more and more. Robocop is a smart script, that was delivering some interesting concepts to mainstream 1987 audiences, yes its been 18 years since Robocop was released in theaters. The acting, the action sequences and the creativity of the concept all make Robocop a winner. How can you not love an indestructible version of Dirty Harry?
What Was Cool:
-Robocop is full of fabulous acting from Peter Weller as the Robocop, to Nancy Allen and many overlooked and underappreciated actors such as Ronny Cox and Kurtwood Smith.
-Robocop doesn't take itself too seriously and the filmmakers lighten the load just enough to break up the fast paced action.
-Few recent movies have a costume that is more instantly recognizable to movie fans than that of Robocop. That is some fine work.
What Was Stupid:
-Oh sure Robocop is a bit campy in parts, but so what. The humor and campiness only add to a film when it is this well done.
This is one of those films where all departments did a really nice job and it shows. Ronny Cox and Kurtwood Smith are just so underrated, well maybe one of these days, these two fine actors will get there due.
Story A (Yes, its sci-fi action, but the story is intelligent and addresses issues that many had not thought about in 1987. Besides, the action is done well and the science is integral to the story.)
Use of Science A
Portrayal of Women B (By 1987 standards it could have been much worse.)
Visuals-Visuals and Special Effects A
Visuals-Set Design/Props A
Style/Sex Appeal A (The look of Robocop really keeps your eyes on the screen, its just that simple.)
Enjoyability Grade A
Home Theater/HD Factor A
Gut Check (Level of Studio Executive Guts) B (The story obviously had potential, but it was something of an unknown and for that you have to the give the studio executives a little pat on the back. A little one, we don't want to give them the wrong idea.)
Overall Innovation A
Overall Grade A
A Little Fact About Cherie:
At one point I thought it would be cool to be a Robocop.