Written by: Daniel Waters (Hudson Hawk), Robert Reneau (The Hitchhiker), Peter M. Lenkov (Son In Law) and Directed by: Marco Brambilla (Excess Baggage). Starring: Sylvester Stallone (Cobra), Wesley Snipes (Passenger 57), Sandra Bullock (The Vanishing), Nigel Hawthorne (Amistad), Benjamin Bratt (Catwoman), Bob Gunton (The Shawshank Redemption), Denis Leary (Judgment Night), and Rob Schneider (The Animal).
Demolition Man tells the story of how in 1996 John ‘The Demolition Man’ Spartan (Stallone) and Simon Phoenix (Snipes) are at war with each other… Now after the final apocalyptic battle between Phoenix and Spartan in 1996, Spartan’s superiors are duped in the believing that when Spartan demolished the building that he fought Phoenix in, that he also allowed the deaths of about 30 people that Phoenix had hostage!
So both Phoenix and Spartan are sentenced to extremely long sentences at a new Cryogenic Prison! (A prison where criminals are kept on ice and their lifestyles altered to become productive members of society…)
36 years later a plot is hatched to release Phoenix from the Cryo-Prison… As a matter of fact when Phoenix is released, he becomes an un-stoppable killing machine! You see the world of the future has become a completely different one, in which there is no crime, anything bad is illegal… Basically a world where a super-criminal like Simon Phoenix can become King!
With the San Angeles Police Department paralyzed (San Angeles being the descendant of Los Angeles), a pilot/friend of Spartan’s from nearly forty years earlier by the name of Zachary Lamb (Cobb) recommends that they un-freeze Spartan (as Spartan is the only man who was able to capture him in the 90s!)
So with the leader of San Angeles’s approval, The Demolition man (a seeming dinosaur) is unfrozen, and while he manages to piss off his boss, amuse most of his co-workers, and seemingly be the only Peace Officer to rack up the most amount of tickets in San Angeles history! John Spartan will not only go on the hunt for and try to stop Simon Phoenix from his evil plans! But will also change San Angeles in a way that no one would ever expect!
Now back in the day Demolition Man didn’t get much respect around the people I hung out with back then, as a matter of fact all through the 90s when I mentioned, ‘Demolition Man’ I was usually mocked for being one of the few people that liked this movie!
Now of course back then I liked the movie because the acting was great, the explosions were awesome… And frankly the idea of Cryogenics and laser guns (stuff that was considered to be the future back then was quite fascinating to me!)
That was back then though!
The truth is, is that the acting was a cross section of some of Hollywood’s most enjoyable actors of the 1990s! Besides what was mentioned above we also had Steve Kahan (Lethal Weapon 4) and Grand L. Bush (Lethal Weapon 2), both of whom were in Lethal Weapon 2 together!
Some other greats include the at that time future Governor of Minnesota, ‘Jesse Ventura’ (Predator), Bill Cobb (The Hudsucker Proxy) and Adrienne Barbeau (Someone’s Watching Me!) to name a few…
And speaking of Adrienne Barbeau, her ex-husband, ‘John Carpenter’ (Halloween) directed Escape From LA (1996), ‘a movie whose setting is based in an apocalyptic Los Angeles’. Now I am pretty certain that, that idea was taken straight from Demolition Man, ‘A movie which starts off in an apocalyptic Los Angeles’.
Ultimately the thing that I think is the best about this movie is that it, in my opinion combines the best elements of Action and Science Fiction from the 1990s… Including great acting from great actors, a fun story line, and great special effects!
So if your looking for a fun blast from the past, then I would recommend this one, it is a fun one!