Demolition Man

Year: 1993
Production Co: Silver Pictures
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Marco Brambilla
Producer: Joel Silver
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Sandra Bullock, Denis Leary, Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt, Glenn Shadix
The film that bought Sandra Bullock to the world's attention and an example of how Sylvester Stallone's ego had long overshadowed his talent. Every frame he's front and centre as the hero, making wisecracks nobody on set had the courage to tell him weren't funny and playing the same tired action man that eventually drove him out of the Hollywood system (as I write this, he's making a desperate attempt at a comeback by doing yet another Rocky film).

He plays a cop who's cryogenically frozen along with his nemesis (Snipes) - hang on, didn't this film predate Austin Powers? In a ridiculous future where the pristine ground dwellers live on the labour of the subterranean classes (the relationship is a riff on both the Eloi and Morlocks of The Time Machine and the happy, drugged masses and the rebel who breaks free in everything from Brave New World to The Matrix).

And through this unlikely world of the future where the cops don't know how to handle a murder and every restaurant is a Taco Bell, Stallone pursues Snipes in a very unfunny and pat action comedy. Interestingly, it was marketed as a violent action movie and the comedy came from way out of left field for me, feeling badly out of place. If it hadn't been there and the whole thing had been treated seriously (and perhaps directed by James Cameron), it could have been a great film.

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