RoboCop movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This high-class sci-fi/action movie is extremely violent, extremely exciting and is easy to call a classic. Teenagers and adults who liked The Terminator will love a cyborg action movie like RoboCop.


In a dystopian Detroit, where the city is ridden by crime, a terminally injured cop returns to the police force as a powerful cyborg haunted by violent memories.

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Movie details

Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Daniel O’Herlihy, Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer
Writer: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
Release Date (Australia): 17 September 1987
Runtime: 102 minutes/1h 42m
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains crime themes, murder and a scene in which a man crashes a van into a tank of toxic waste and his skin is depicted melting off.

Violence (R18+)

The film contains scenes that feature depictions of people being shot and stabbed, accompanied by gory blood sprays and injury detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features aggressive use of the words “f**k” and “c**ksucker”, as well as the words “s**t”, “ass”, “damn” and “hell”.

Drug Use (M)

There is a scene in which people are depicted snorting cocaine.

Nudity (M)

The film contains brief depictions of male buttocks and female breasts nudity.

Sex (M)

The film contains verbal sexual references and a depiction of a man snorting cocaine off a woman’s chest.

mpaa rating

R (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Brutal, entertaining, exciting and plausibly hilarious, RoboCop is an excellent sci-fi/action film definitely suited for Terminator fans. Except the thing is, this classic favourite is better than The Terminator in every way you can possibly think of. Set in the future, this film focuses on improved technology and a theory for the future police force.

James Cameron’s Terminator was only released a few years before this movie, and exactly similar to the main idea of this movie, it’s a cyborg action movie, with the title obviously exposing the fact that the cyborg is a robotic assassin from the future. You can still guess what the title RoboCop might offer: Robot + Cop. And it’s very similar to The Terminator, except the cyborg is a cop with intentions towards peace in the city. It’s not complex, but it works well, it’s extremely entertaining and riveting.

Worth the solid R/18 ratings, the violence is extremely bloody and suits the definition of the term “over-the-top”, jumping straight over the 6-meter wall when other milder 80s movies are struggling to climb to the top. It’s extremely entertaining to watch this heroic cyborg up against the bad guys and all the crimes in the city. Surprisingly, there’s also some sometimes dark, but unbelievably effective humour.

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