Omni Consumer Products has won the contract to manage a private police force in a futuristic and dystopian Detroit. But in order to put their new product on the market, Omni needs a not-so-willing test subject. Alex Murphy is a new transfer to the Detroit Police Department and is immediately sent out on the streets to work his block. This puts Murphy directly in the path of the crime lord who runs the Detroit underground. When he is killed in action and his body becomes the property of Omni, the RoboCop is born.
RoboCop was a movie that I’ve seen bits and pieces of over the years but never got around to sitting down and watching the whole thing. I had always chalked it up to being an over-the-top, hyper-violent, 80s relic. But imagine my surprise when I throw this on TV for some background noise and I’m sucked in within the first 15 minutes. I couldn’t look away! It was an incredibly fun and entertaining story without a minute of downtime. Paul Verhoeven directed Total Recall, one of my favorite Arnold movies and this felt very similar. Peter Weller’s voice and walk in that RoboCop costume were excellent. Everything about this movie was firing on all cylinders and it’s definitely earned its place in the rewatch hall of fame.
RoboCop (1987) is available to stream on Prime Video ($).