Original poster design // Autun Purser
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“…a genuine classic, a unique blend of violence, humor, poignancy, and imagination”
“RoboCop is as tightly worked as a film can be, not a moment or line wasted”
“Smart, satirical and nefariously vicious, this is easily one of the finest sci-fi flicks of the 1980s”
Paul Verhoeven, US 1987, 103mins, certificate 18
Where: The Duke of Wellington, 119 Balls Pond Road, Dalston, N1 4BL
When: 8:00pm, Thursday 10th April 2014
Tickets: £5 door, £4 advance via The Space Merchants
Paul Verhoeven was almost unknown in Hollywood prior to the release of RoboCop in 1987. But after this ultra-violent yet strangely subversive and satirical sci-fi picture became a huge hit his reputation for extravagant and excessive, yet superbly well-crafted filmmaking was assured.
Controversial as ever, Verhoeven saw the blue-collar cop (Peter Weller) who is transformed into an invincible cyborg as “an American Jesus with a gun”, and so the film dabbles with death and resurrection imagery as well as mercilessly satirising Reagan-era America. No targets escape Verhoeven’s unflinching camera eye, from yuppie excess and corporate backstabbing to rampant consumerism and vacuous media personalities. As with his later sci-fi satire Starship Troopers the extremely bloody violence resolutely remains on the same level as a Tom and Jerry cartoon.