Movie review by Teresa Talerico, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Cyborg actioner is more graphic than Terminator.

R 1987 103 minutes

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age 16+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 15+

Based on 53 reviews

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age 17+

Maybe the Greatest Movie Ever Made

Stand down 'Citizen Kane' Go home 'E.T.' RoboCop is quite possibly the greatest movie ever committed to film. Set in a future/past that is by turns grimy and ultra modern, RoboCop is a hyper-violent movie about the abhorrence of violence. While Verhoven seems to relish the blood and gore he splashes around the screen like cheap paint, the point of the film is not to praise violence, but to condemn it. In the movie a version of Detroit is in the throes of a violent drug war, the only problem is, the seemingly good guys are the people orchestrating and profiting from the drugs. Megacorp OCP, and it's CEO Dick Jones, are not only making boatloads of money in the black market drug trade, but profiting doubly by selling expensive, malfunctioning police equipment to the city's beleaguered police force. Enter our hero: Alex Murphy. An honest, working city cop who just wants to make his city a better place for his family. When he and his partner track down a gang of drug dealers, Murphy's life is seemingly ended in a hail of gunfire. Luckily, OCP is there to transform Murphy into a machine of justice: RoboCop. This is where Verhoeven's anti-violence message becomes more clear. Murphy sets out to fix his city as a police officer, which means the likely use of violence. In his pursuit of peace he is forced into a violent situation wherein his humanity, if not his life, are stripped away from him through the violent acts of violent men. Reborn as an inhuman tool of violence, RoboCop, Murphy visits extreme violence upon those that first assailed him, the drug dealers. Having discovered the connection between his murderers and his re-makers Murphy's humanity begins to come back to him as he seeks vengeance upon the people who stripped him of his humanity, OCP. Only in destroying that which made him can Murphy learn the truth about who he was and what he has become. Like so many great cultural statements, RoboCop couches its message in sci-fi and many viewers may loose sight of its message. But RoboCop is a highly moral, if highly violent, parable AGAINST violence.
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Correction to ratings

"A corporation that controls the local police force is portrayed as corrupt." is a positive message, so don't say there are no positive messages. It's actually the main message of the movie.

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