RoboCop ★★★★★

I love the fact that Verhoeven went out of his way to shoot all of the news cutaways before shooting the climax to the film, as a way to secure more funds and time to make the film he wanted to make. The film is made so much better with the inclusion of the news sequences which cement us firmly in the world whilst also being brilliant slices of biting satire. As for the central narrative, there's nothing more cathartic than when Robocop, after having gone through the absolute ringer, being used and abused by the system that created him, and being on the brink of destruction, reaffirms his identity through the simple stating of his name. "Murphy" is such a perfect way to cap the film off. Sure, there are a few loose ends hanging once the film wraps up, but as it stands it's a perfectly paced and executed film which knows it's purpose and executes it with ease.

I've said it before and I'll continue to say it: best squibs in cinema right here.

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