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Demolition Man 1993

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(108) IMDb 6.6/10
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In this tongue-in-cheek, futuristic thriller violent cop John and psychopath Simon were cryogenically frozen in 1996. Fast forward to 2032 to a bland utopia - there a benign dictator frees Simon to murder a rebel leader. Simon goes on a murder spree, so John is defrosted to hunt down his old adversary.

Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes
1 hour, 50 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Marco Brambilla
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes
Supporting actors Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt, Bob Gunton, Glenn Shadix, Denis Leary, Grand L. Bush, Pat Skipper, Steve Kahan, Paul Bollen, Mark Colson, Andre Gregory, John Enos III, Troy Evans, Don Charles McGovern, Bill Cobbs, Patricia Rive, Anneliza Scott
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The nineties were famous for its action movies and the heroes who punched and shot their way through them. In the `friendly' rivalry between Stallone and Schwarzenegger, they both had their hits and misses. Demolition Man was not Stallone's biggest hit, but, then again, it certainly wasn't a miss.

Watching it nearly twenty years after it was made is still a joy. It's still, loud, proud, blatantly tongue-in-cheek in places and a great watch. Stallone is the cop, frozen in time along with his arch criminal nemesis, Snipes, and both of them defrosted in a (supposedly) utopian future, only to rage havoc once again.

There are plenty of jokes to go alongside the action and Sandra Bullock is great as the plucky lead (and you can see why her performance led on to her true breakthrough role in Speed a year later). And Nigel Hawthorne should also get a nod for his `futuristic version of Sir Humphrey' in San Angeles - great to see such a serious character actor trading insults with Hollywood's hard men!

If you like your action movies fun and light-hearted then Demolition Man stands up to the test of time. It may not be Rambo, Rocky or the Terminator franchise, but it deserves its place in nineties-action history (even if just for making the audience ask the question `Just what exactly was the deal with the `three seashells'?).
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Starchild on 22 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Finally, we get the uncut version for home viewing! :)

The UK DVD is missing two hits to the head of Stallone in the final fight, along with a double ear-clap (the BBFC used to cut these routinely, even from 18 films!) for fear of imitabilty. However, they have seen the stupid and ridiculous errors of their ways and this Blu-ray edition is fully uncut :)

Enjoy - its a clever, funny, thrilling 90s actioner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2015
Format: DVD
This is a vaguely tongue-in-cheek action sci-fi pic set in a future Los Angeles. Sylvester Stallone plays Sergeant John Spartan, a ferociously tough and uncompromising law enforcer aged about forty. His nemesis is an arch-villain named Simon Phoenix, played by Wesley Snipes, who's a thirty-something hostage taker and all-round, uber-violent, martial arts thug. It's the mid 1990's, and after Spartan makes a disastrous attempt to save 30 hostages from an explosive end courtesy of Phoenix, both Spartan and Phoenix are placed into a cryo-stasis deep freeze as punishment (think Han Solo being placed into deep freeze in carbonite by his captor Boba Fett).
Phoenix awakens from a 35 year freeze in Cybo-Prison and escapes custody, to find himself in Los Angeles circa 2032, when society has adopted an extremely polite, serene, non-violent, Halcyon way of life. Unable to cope with Phoenix's relentlessly violent old school approach to armed robbery and crime, the police with some reticence hasten the release of Spartan, in the hope that the old fashioned cop will have the requisite skills needed to bring the super-criminal to book...
This is an enjoyable, action-packed sci-fi thriller, which makes little pretence that it's intended as a serious work - it's no Blade Runner. Snipes attacks his role as the predatory bad guy with great relish, overacting with gusto but in a definitely crowd-pleasing fashion. Stallone gives his trademark performance as a steely and immovable lawman, and though he's not stretched in this role, he gets by on magnetic screen presence and electric chutzpah.
Sandra Bullock features as Stallone's future world partner in the police force, and the two of them have a very nice line in banter as his brutal old world culture clashes with her new world pacifist dogma.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
I look at the incredibly low rating on internet forums and I can only presume that those who voted are from the arty farty set, the kind of people who class a 7 minute shot of a curtain as the pinnacle of great cinema. I can't for the life of me believe that any fan of the dumb action popcorn picture could not have enjoyed this tremendously fun, violent, and furious film.

It's 1996 and L.A. is in chaos, Sly Stallone is tough bastard cop John Spartan, a cop who is known as The Demolition Man because he does what it takes to take the bad guys down. After a slam bang encounter with ultimate bad maniac Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes having the time of his life) he gets thrown into permanent cryogenic prison (along with the apprehended Phoenix) for not saving some hostages during the show down with Phoenix. The plot then spins us to San Angeles 2032 where there is little to no crime except for some mild survival crime from an underground army led by a delightfully stoic Edgar Friendly (Denis Leary), but somehow Simon Phoenix is out, and the future is about to revert back to chaos and destruction.

The police of the time just can't cope, so they thaw out Spartan to catch his old sparring partner to hopefully end the chaos that San Angeles now finds itself in. The jokes are thick and fast as Stallone enjoys laughing at himself, it's also an interesting vision of the future that writers Peter M. Lenkov and Robert Reneau have created, but in amongst the jokes is a very cute social commentary that may have been missed by the arty farty set, so although the film serves purely as a one date no brainer offering, it still can proudly lay claim to being one of the best that the genre had to offer not only 1993 (a good year for action movies), but also the whole decade.

Leave the brain at the door, turn all the speakers up, and enjoy the ride. Oh and don't look at the curtains. 9/10
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