Posted on 4/24/09 05:02 PM
RoboCop could be considered one of the best action films ever made.
I wouldn't argue with that.
RoboCop is a big-budget action film, but that's not all.
The deeper themes are about the media, gentrification, and human nature. That is what the key to a successful action film is. It must have underlying themes, maybe not noticed on the first viewing. But as with Aliens, the Terminator films, and as recently as The Dark Knight, action films tell about the time they were made in.
RoboCop satires the big corporations of the 80s, and even makes fun of the yuppie lifestyle, showing them kill each other to get to the top.
But just having underlying themes won't make the film a great action movie. No, that would be if your action sequences are good enough.
And the director, Paul Verhoeven, is perfect for the job. He not only adds a lot of violence, but also, since he is foriegn, he can provide a view of America and it's society that we Americans can not see.
The performacnes are great, too. Peter Weller is fantastic as RoboCop, who was put together from a dead cop (also played by Weller.) He moves like a machine, and not a man in a machine. Nancy Allen is also good as RoboCop once partner, before he died.
The villians are interesting. Ronny Cox plays Dick Jones, a corporate willing to do anything to get to the top. Kurtwood Smith plays Clarence Boddicker, the man that killed RoboCop in his past life.
What I'm trying to say is that RoboCop is an excellent action film on all levels.