Demolition Man (1993)



Critic Consensus: A better-than-average sci-fi shoot-em-up with a satirical undercurrent, Demolition Man is bolstered by strong performances by Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, and Sandra Bullock.

Movie Info

The plot of this action film begins in 1996, with Los Angeles in a violence-crazed conflagration. One of the LAPD's most notorious cops, John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), known as "the demolition man," is in hot pursuit of blonde-haired psychopath Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), who is so nasty he even kills sometimes just because he feels cranky. John captures Simon, but not before Simon kills innocent hostages. John is blamed for the deaths of the hostages, and both he and Simon are … More

Rating: R (for non-stop action violence, and for strong language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter M. Lenkov, Robert Scott Reneau, Daniel Waters
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 30, 1997
Warner Home Video


as Sergeant John Sparta...

as Simon Phoenix

as Lenina Huxley

as Dr. Raymond Cocteau

as Alfredo Garcia

as Chief George Earle

as Associate Bob

as Edgar Friendly

as Zachary Lamb "Young"

as TRF Officer

as Warden William Smith...

as Prisoner

as Tough Cop

as Zachary Lamb "Aged"

as Captain Healy

as Troubled Guy

as Squad Leader

as TV Reporter

as Museum Guard

as Taco Bell Entertaine...

as Helicopter Pilot

as Taco Bell Patron

as Taco Bell Scrap

as Wasteland Scrap

as Wasteland Scrap

as Wasteland Scrap

as Fiber Op Girl

as CryoCon

as CryoCon

as Computers

as Erwin (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Demolition Man

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (10)

Ultimately the script's often sharp social satire is drowned out by the noise and confusion. It is also undercut by casting virtually all the psychopathically murderous criminals as minority-group members.

Full Review… | July 25, 2010
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Nearly all the SF premises are accorded the status of Andrew Dice Clay one-liners -- which means that they, along with the characters, keep changing from one scene to the next.

Full Review… | April 30, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A noisy, soulless, self-conscious pastiche that mixes elements of sci-fi, action-adventure and romance, then pours on a layer of comedy replete with Hollywood in-jokes.

Full Review… | April 30, 2008
Top Critic

Forget your preconceptions, but not your brain cells and sense of irony.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Demolition Man is a significant artifact of our time or, at least, of this week.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Demolition Man is sleek and empty as well as brutal and pointless. It feels computer engineered, untouched by human hands. A real pod movie.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Demolition Man

07/07/2012 (MP4, PS3)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

really fun if not silly action flick.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Zachary Lamb: Simon Phoenix is an old fashioned criminal. We need an old fashioned cop. 

"The future isn't big enough for the both of them."

Demolition Man is one of those weird movies that I can't decide whether I like or not. Parts at me shaking my head in disgust, mostly when the characters talked, but in the end I wasn't angry with it at all. I, for the most part, enjoyed myself. The film is highly entertaining and has some cool ideas. It also has some extremely stupid and silly ideas too. Like the three seashells; I know it is supposed to be humorous, but really?  The action stars, Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes are a lot of fun to watch. When they are in their action sequences, they are at their best. When they talk, they are at their worst, but it is still somewhat fun because of how ridiculous they sound.

Stallone plays a cop named Spartan, who has the nickname Demolition Man. The nickname comes from the cliche idea that he doesn't play by the rules. He destroys whatever he needs to. He has been trying to catch a ruthless killer, Phoenix, for some time now. When he finally does catch him, things still end up going wrong and he lands himself in prison too. Now prison isn't what we know it to be. Him and Phoenix are frozen in order to serve their sentence. While they are frozen, they are also give rehab. Not really sure how that works, but we'll go with it. Phoenix escapes custody during a parole hearing and starts going nuts on a now crime-less country thirty some years later. In this new country you can't curse or eat junk food. Anything unhealthy is illegal. In order to catch the madman, they unfreeze Spartan also. So from there it is a cat and mouse game.

As much as I would like to describe just how bad this movie is, I can't. It was just too entertaining to talk badly about. Another saving grace for the film is a young Sandra Bullock. Damn was she hot back in the 90's. When she was asking Spartan if he wanted to have sex, I was yelling at the screen, "Yes!" She does give a pretty fun, if at times hard to watch, performance also. She plays a bored cop that loves old action movies and really wants to see some action. 

I recommend watching Demolition Man if you can tolerate stupidness in the midst of great action. It doesn't reach the stupidity level of a movie like Cobra, which is a plus. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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