Robocop revisited

Anthony Burch at Double Viking has written an informative and amusing piece on theย merits of Robocop, the 1987 sci-fi action film from director Paul Verhoeven.

A lot of the satire in it about American TV seemed over the top in the late 80s, but now appears to have become all too real.

As Burch notes:

In addition to its criticisms of corporate greed and societal decline, Robocop also has time to pick on television. In the future, it seems, everybody watches one of two shows: the news, which is more or less identical to FOX News in both style and subject, and some weirdass comedy show starring a middle-aged pervert. The unnamed character, mustachioed and bespectacled, laughs frequently and hysterically as he is surrounded by unrealistically attractive women. His catchphrase?ย  โ€œIโ€™d buy that for a dollar!โ€

Although the inferior sequels tarnished it a somewhat the original still remains a suprisingly entertaining and smart look at the future. (Link via Digg)

> Check out the full article over at Double Viking
> Robocop at the IMDb
> The impressviely detail entry for Robocop at Wikipedia