WHAT IS IT?
It's the 1987 sci-fi action movie Robocop! The film followed the death and subsequent resurrection of Officer Alex Murphy who is (violently) gunned down in the line of duty and revived as half-man, half-machine Robocop. The film starred Peter Weller in the title role, with Nancy Allen as Murphy's partner Officer Lewis.
Like many action movies of the 1980s Robocop offered a rather bleak view of the future however on this occasion it was served up with a satirical slant. Robocop also presented a rather interesting insight into what death and life really mean. Oh there was some deep stuff in this movie which has given many philosophers much to debate about over the years.
Robocop also introduced many themes and characters that reappeared in follow up movies - Robocop 2 (1990) & Robocop 3 (1993) - as well as in spinoff TV shows and comics. When released at cinemas Robocop grossed over $53 million from a budget of $13 million, making it a hit. Critics liked it too!
Oh and yep, you're right, Robocop is not based on a comic-book however it clearly takes inspiration from comics and.... ah hell, I just wanted to cover it on Push The Button!
WHAT WAS GOOD?
Are you frickin' kidding me? Have you not seen Robocop? It's awesome-sauce!
Robocop's narrative about humanity and what it means to be human was perfectly encapsulated in a kick-ass action movie that wasn't afraid to show the darker side of life. Very violent, chock full of swearing and loaded with many mean b***tards Robocop was an instant hit.
Highlights (and when I say highlights I mean brutal highlights) included the death of Alex Murphy; the introduction of rival robot cop ED 209; and the final showdown as Robocop regained his humanity.
Additional highlights include the satirical TV news reports and shows ("I'd buy that for a dollar") that were interspersed throughout the story; Robocop's first night on duty; and Robocop's hidden 'fourth directive'.
And let's not forget this fellow on the right. Formerly one of the crazy cats that killed Officer Murphy, Emil here got bathed in toxic waste and turned into this monstrosity. If that doesn't make for a strange, yet memorable scene in a movie then I don't know what does?!