A first-rate production full of nonstop action and inventive special effects but what truly makes ROBOCOP spellbinding is a superior script. Intelligent and satirical, it has the quality of cutting-edge British comic books such as the "Judge Dredd" series. Kudos to the screenwriting team of Michael Miner and Edward Neumeier.

It's the not-too-distant future in crime-ridden Old Detroit. A corporate conglomerate is running the city and, under the direction of Richard Jones (Ronny Cox), has developed a huge metal android to combat rampant street crime. When this creation demonstrates a murderous "glitch," Robert Morton (Miguel Ferrer) sees an opportunity to advance his company position by building a better cop machine. He gets his chance when cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is brutally killed by a gang of sadistic hoodlums. Murphy's body is reconstructed by technicians and dubbed Robocop. It proves to be more than effective against street criminals thereby elevating Morton to top corporate management. This motivates the scheming Jones to make a pact with supervillain Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) to destroy Robocop.

Though extremely violent, ROBOCOP showcases an invigorating style even in its goriest scenes. Paul Verhoeven makes every scene sparkle with tilted angles, oddball twists, and special-effects wonders. ROBOCOP effectively conveys a combination of reality and fantasy in a hard-boiled world of humane

robots and unfeeling humans.