A mortally-wounded cop is used as the foundation to build a police robot meant to be a tool for control but whose artificially-repressed memories and inerrant awesomeness surface to save the day.
This was a great movie in the day, and I'd bet I'm biased in saying it's still great.
Followed by RoboCop 2 (1990)
RoboCop does exceptionally well, given its moderate budget. While not on the level of movies like Terminator (1984), it's good all the same.
I should give this movie another re-watch to check how well it stands the test of time. Like so many other "futuristic" movies, where they want to have advanced technologies, it's likely that any number of things stand out as being comical compared to contemporary technology. Whether that's jarring or not remains to be seen.
Everything about this movie is good. The story is probably not unique compared to the long history of science fiction, but it was unique enough in film. "Exploring humanity" is a topic done with robots, but hasn't really been done much with cybernetics, post-humanism or the like.
Several movies are getting into the difficulty of assisted living, as with a replacement limb. Few get into the trauma of very significant augmentation.
Other Special Edition DVDs From MGM:
- Carrie DVD Trailer
Terminator DVD Trailer