Sci Fi Movie Podcast RoboCop

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Hosted by Remi Lavictoire, Ian Fults, and Tim Allen

Podcast length: 55:54

Sci-Fi Movie Podcast - RoboCop PosterThis week on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, Ian, Rem and Tim discuss “RoboCop” from 1987 and directed by Paul Verhoeven.

The Positive
Not only is RoboCop a fun action movie, but we also saw a very prophetic and satirical look at near future society.  Commercials for the game Nukem and the 6000 SUX show us a society where violence and consumption are condoned and encouraged.  We saw Paul Verhoeven use a similar trick with Government messages in ‘Starship Troopers‘ (Would you like to know more?) There’s also a layer of dark humor under the violence that we can appreciate.

The Negative
Sure, the stop motion capture of ED209 looks dated now, but it stood up really well in 1987. Ian found the violence to be somewhat excessive, and Rem noted the obviously 80’s feel of the movie, which also dates the movie.  Tim mentioned some of footage in the extended cut added an extra layer of violence which made Murphy’s survival even more improbable.

The Verdict
We all concluded that RoboCop is essential Sci-Fi viewing. It was considered very violent when it was released, but with our desensitized culture, you might not find it as violent as when it was released.  Ian says this is the only movie in the series you need to watch.  Tim thinks you might enjoy RoboCop 2, but you stop after that.  Rem found the RoboCop reboot was better than expected, and suggests watching the first RoboCop and the reboot.

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Writers: Edwardd Neumeier & Michael Miner

Cast
Peter Weller – Officer Alex Murphy
Nancy Allen – Officer Anne Lewis
Ronny Cox – Dick Jones
Kurtwood Smith – Clarence J. Boddicker
Miguel Ferrer – Bob Morton
Ray Wise – Leon Nash
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Sci Fi Movie Podcast RoboCop