Creator: Paul Verhoeven, Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner,
I first saw this film in the Cinema in 1987/88 while living and working in Edinburgh. I was 24.
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Top quality ultraviolent anti-corporate satire. Now I'd buy that for a dollar.
High-tech meets High Noon in Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's deft science-fiction masterpiece, which delivers on both violent action and satirical fronts.
Peter Weller gives a great mime performance as a mortally-wounded Detroit cop of the near future. Resurrected as a cyborg, he goes head-hunting the sadistic gang responsible for his plight as his human memory begins to return.
It's Verhoeven's scabrous dissection of American social issues, trashy sitcom culture and corporate greed that makes this comic-book opus a subversive and thought-provoking edge-of-the-seat treat.
The film gave rise to two sequels and a four-part TV miniseries. It also spawned a UK top-twenty hit in the form of Silver Bullet's Twenty Seconds to Comply, which used samples from the film.
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