Demolition Man 1993

Demolition Man

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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.

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With innocent victims caught in the crossfire in Los Angeles' intensifying war on crime, both cop John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone) and violent thug Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes) are sentenced to a state of frozen incarceration known as "CryoPrison." When Spartan is finally thawed 36 years later, it's 2032, and Los Angeles is now a pacifist utopia called San Angeles. But with Phoenix again on the loose, Spartan must team up with future cop Lenina (Sandra Bullock) to apprehend the killer.

Cast & Crew

Wesley Snipes
Simon Phoenix
Sandra Bullock
Lenina Huxley
Nigel Hawthorne
Dr. Raymond Cocteau
Benjamin Bratt
Alfredo Garcia
Bob Gunton
Chief George Earle
Glenn Shadix
Associate Bob
Denis Leary
Edgar Friendly
Michael Levy
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Peter M. Lenkov
Screenwriter
Daniel Waters
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Robert Reneau
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Critic Reviews for Demolition Man

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  • Mar 18, 2018
    Demolition Man may not exactly be the perfect movie, but the core idea behind the plot is something I've never ever seen done before or since. It's pretty mindless and fairly hammy, but it's fun and enough of an experience to get me across the finish line, no worse for the experience.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    "Demolition Man" contains an awful script but has excellent cinematography. Set in 2032 for the most part the plot to "Demolition Man" is that a rough and professional police officer named "John Spartan" portrayed by "Sylvester Stallone" is in search of a man named "Simon Phoenix" portrayed by "Wesley Snipes". One night "Phoenix" kidnaps 20 people and keeps them in a large building. "Spartan" arrests "Phoenix" but in the process the 20 hostages die. "Spartan" is punished by being cryogenically frozen with "Phoenix". Later in 2032 "Phoenix" escapes and causes chaos into the future so "Spartan" is awoken to stop him. The movie begins in 1996 with the first action-sequence taking place. The introduction to "Phoenix" is shows how insane he truly is. Throughout the most of the movie it shows "Spartan" adjusting to life in the future and trying his best to capture "Phoenix". The scenes of "Spartan" adjusting to life are humorous to watch meanwhile most of the action sequences don't feel like a fighting scene; for example the fighting scene between "Phoenix" and the 6 police officers doesn't look like a fight the scene looks more like a dance sequence. The movie's climax is great, it felt legitimate and the climax has a terrific antagonist death. As usual "Sylvester Stallone" gives 100% in his performances as he does for "Demolition Man" but some minor characters in the movie that only are in 1 or 2 scenes don't feel like they are giving it they're best. The movie score at times isn't the best and doesn't make a scene more captivating. The biggest issue with the movie is the script, the script is full or childish dialogue and unrealism; occasionally the script uses humor but that's not too often. Definitely the best part of "Demolition Man" is the cinematography the late "Alex Thomson" films this movie in a way that is almost indescribable. If you are a person who enjoys some of "Sylvester Stallone's" action movies then I recommend you watch "Demolition Man" as it has humorous dialogue, a great "Stallone" performance and terrific cinematography. Although the movie isn't perfect it has some issues, these being the childish script, the unentertaining music and some bad fighting scenes. I give 1993's "Demolition Man" a 7/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2012
    interesting choice for an action film. pairing snipes and stallone was great due to both actors having the charisma to bring the film to life. the futuristic setting is well designed if a little flawed but for an action film there is a lot of character moments. compared to most of stallones films you must treat this film as a mini classic
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2012
    Distractingly stupid and profoundly silly, Demolition Man never works as a good B action film. There needs to be some element of believability, some opposing force that is at least half-convincingly nefarious (not an over-the-top Wesley Snipes). Itâ(TM)s funny in parts, with plenty of 90s references and satire, but itâ(TM)s just too corny. I think the biggest problem with it, is that is just hasnâ(TM)t aged well. The CGI, itâ(TM)s ridiculous futuristic style, are all outdated, making it much less effective some 19 year after its release. 2/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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