Someday in the near future when we are taken over by Aliens (that is if robots don’t rise up first) and judged over what we have created as a race, we will unfortunately have to accept responsibility for Demolition Man. This 1993 Sylvester Stallone vehicle is seriously dreadful. I know that it might have a small cult following somewhere way underground, like only where Sleestacks live, but chances are slim. So here is the plot summary: Stallone blows things up, hence the title. Okay here is a little longer summary for those of you who have nothing better to do with you time.
Stallone is a super cop in the year 1996 trying to stop a super criminal played by Wesley Snipes. While apprehending Snipes, the hostages that Snipes were holding are killed and a building is destroyed. For punishment, Stallone is put in cry-freeze for the next 70 years (?) alongside his criminal counterpart (?). Snipes is released in the year 2030 (?) and wrecks havoc in this new utopia society (?). As a solution, the police thaw out Stallone to catch the barbaric criminal (?). After finally defeating Snipes, Stallone brokers a new relationship between the underground dwellers and the utopia community (?). Credits roll thankfully.
The concept is not a bad one. Your basic ‘fish out of water’ future cop story has potential to be a lot of fun and creative. The famous Marco Brambilla directed this- oh wait, he has not directed anything before this and since then! So this ‘nobody’ was given the helm to direct this huge film with, at that time, big stars. With some strong direction and a different script, this could have been a great movie. The main problem is that the vision of the future is so 2 dimensional that it’s written on the level of a 12 year old. Some of the highlights to occur in the next 20 years:
- There is no violence of any sort. So much so that the fashion police do not have any combat training
- There are no guns except the ones kept in museums (fully loaded and active btw!)
- It’s illegal to swear and you get issued with a citation from monitors placed everywhere
- Commercial jingles like the Oscar Meyer hot dogs are the popular songs on the radio. Apparently art dies in the future
- Since the ‘Franchise War’ every restaurant is a Taco Bell, which serves teeny tiny food
- Every wall is graffiti proof by erasing paint with some sort of super technology
- A whole world exists 10 feet below ground that nobody knows about
- There is no physical contact, shaking hands, high fives, or kissing. Even worst…
- There is no sex in the future, just some sort of mind connection by wearing a headset
The world created by Brambilla is simply not believable and is actually silly. It’s like something out of the Jetsons cartoon. What’s unfortunate is that this movie clearly has a big budget. It also had big actors (of the time) starring: Stallone, Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Dennis Leary, and Rob Schneider. During the 90’s this was an all-star cast. Unfortunately, the acting is atrocious and all the characters are not developed beyond their function in the movie. The plot holes, oh the plot holes! At the end, after being a rogue cop and destroying half the city, Stallone is able to walk away with Bullock under arm with no repercussions. Apparently, problems in our future society can be solved with a terrible speech from a criminal cop.
Raking in $50 million meant it did quite well back in ’93. The same can’t be said of the careers of the cast in the years to come. Demolition Man can be amusing with a group of friends with nothing to do but to ridicule this Stallone mess. Otherwise I would suggest watching Total Recall, Robocop, Aliens, or anything else made from that same time period.
I give it 1 1/2 Babble out of 5