Peter Weller in RoboCop

The original RoboCop is returning to theaters to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The 1987 action/sci-fi classic from director Paul Verhoeven remains one of the most memorable movies of its time, blending an iconic hero with unflinching ultraviolence and an underlying satire not found in many other movies of its ilk. Verhoeven’s unique vision continued with similarly over-the-top, socially conscious sci-fi thrillers like the original Total Recall and Starship Troopers.

RoboCop, however, was Verhoeven’s original breakthrough hit when it first came out in 1987. The Peter Weller-starring actioner remains as distinguished as ever due to its distinctive mix of themes and penchant for the extreme that quickly became Verhoeven’s signature. Monday marks the ...

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