Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Demolition Man (1993)

Directed by Marco Brambilla

Starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne

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I think it’s pretty accurate to compare this movie to Speed. Both movies exhibit the same “why the hell is so much money being used on a plot like this” or “if they’re spending so much damn money on a plot like this, why can’t the acting and realism be looked after, too” qualities. This movie basically is Speed, complete with stale acting, glitsy special effects, and unrealism, only I think the story for Demolition Man was a bit better. Well, it’s a little more worthy of having a movie made about it, anyway. And there were a few Schwarzenegger-esque one-liners that were pretty funny. Demolition Man even had Sandra Bullock as the ignoramus/lover/driver/heroine. What is it with Bullock and movies like this?

The plot is a bit sketchy and unorganized. I mean, we don’t find out how Wesley knew so much about the future until after he fiddles with the computers and knows all the codes. And it isn’t really clear why Wes couldn’t shoot the old, wise “sheriff” until after we learn that it was encoded into his learning program.

Sorry, but I think a more accurate year for what I saw presented as the future would be at least 2100. Even though I think a future like that will never exist, 2030 is optimistically unrealistic. I have to admit that I thought it was pretty funny that all restaurants in the future were Taco Bells. I guess it’s just funny for me because Taco Bell was the local hangout during high school.

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