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Demolition Man

HD   R Closed Captioning

Marco Brambilla

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Plot Summary

The plot of this action film begins in 1996, with Los Angeles in a violence-crazed conflagration. One of the LAPD's most notorious cops, John Spartan (Sylvester Stallone), known as "the demolition man," is in hot pursuit of blonde-haired psychopath Simon Phoenix (Wesley Snipes), who is so nasty he even kills sometimes just because he feels cranky. John captures Simon, but not before Simon kills innocent hostages. John is blamed for the deaths of the hostages, and both he and Simon are cryogenically frozen to remove their brand of ultra-violence from a society that is simply just too violent. The film shifts to the future world of 2032, where Los Angeles has become a megalopolis called San Angeles. There is no poverty, Arnold Schwarzenegger was (at one time) president of the United States, and Taco Bell is the sole survivor of the Franchise Wars. Into this peaceful and bland society, Simon is summarily defrosted by reigning benevolent dictator Dr. Cocteau (Nigel Hawthorne) to have Simon murder Edgar Friendly (Denis Leary), the leader of a group of underground rebels. But Cocteau bites off more than he can chew when the melted-down Simon proceeds to go on a murder-and-looting spree. Reluctantly, Cocteau defrosts John to hunt down his old adversary. As John adjusts to self-driving cars and having sex wearing helmets, he pairs up with Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock), a bored cop with a nostalgic fascination for 20th-century culture.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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64%
  • Reviews Counted: 36
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 13
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Demolition Man is a significant artifact of our time or, at least, of this week. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Demolition Man is sleek and empty as well as brutal and pointless. It feels computer engineered, untouched by human hands. A real pod movie. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Apr 30, 2008

Fresh: Basically, Demolition Man is a futuristic cop picture with slightly more imagination and wit than the typical example of the slash-and-burn genre. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Apr 30, 2008

Fresh: This futuristic comedy depends on your opinion of Stallone and his unapologetic popcorn-pleasing action no-brainers. To be fair, this one is one of his better ones. – Phillipa Bloom, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Pure Awesomeness

Keep your oscar nominations and philosophical critiques far away from this hunk of pure awesomeness. Yes it's corny at times, yes it may not have the strongest plot/acting/directing ever to hit the big screen...but it's stallone vs snipes...that alone is enough to rent this one.

Fantastic Action Flick

The cast, the script, the story itself-- all of these elements come together to make this one of the best action movies of the 1990s. This movie does have a few surprises and it is not above making fun of itself or the action movie genre (Denis Leary is a wonderful touch!). It is a perfect addition to an action movie night or collection.

I still watch this movie...ON TAPE!!

I LOVE this movie! I still watch it. I was 7 when this came out & I thought it was awesome. I thought we would live like this by the year 2000 (here we are 9 years past that & nothing. LOL). By the way, I'm a girl. We like action flicks too! What I like is that this movie has the classic tortured hero who's put in prison for trying to do right & gets to rectify mistakes in the future without the shoot 'em up nonsense we see nowadays. It's straightforward but doesnt skimp on the action either. The martial arts are excellent, so are the cryoprision scenes. Terrific special effects and art direction . It makes me wonder why Stallone & Snipes didnt get Oscar nominations? They played their parts perfectly. So good in fact, Westley Snipes SCARED ME playing a maniac criminal.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1997

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