Robocop: Paul Verhoeven's ultraviolent story of a cybernetic cop dispensing bullets and justice (with emphasis on the bullets) in a decaying, crime-infested Detroit was a hit in 1987. Mixing sci-fi with liberal helpings of satire, the movie spawned a sequel three years later that was minus original star Peter Weller and, well, much of its original biting wit. But the Homeland Security era could be an ideal time for another look at law enforcement of the future with a nod toward totalitarianism and corporate megalomania. But jokes like the gas-guzzling luxury sedan "6000 SUX" and the "Nukem" children's videogame might need to be reworked. Sometimes the original film's vision of the future hits a little too close to home.
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