Part Man. Part Machine. All Cop.

I hope to get back to my Star Trek series soon, but in the meantime, check out the new Robocop trailer.

The original 1987 Robocop is one of my favorite 80’s movies and I’ve also written on some of its more philosophical themes. It endures as a satire of corporatism and also explores themes that are relevant to libertarian political philosophy, such as the limits of commodification and the privatization of law enforcement. Judging from the trailer, the new iteration will take up themes of free will and mechanized warfare. At Comic Con, the director, José Padilha, said that Robocop is even more relevant in light of the debate over drones. It will be interesting to see how that plays out in the movie. By the way, another 80’s movie that features a cop named Murphy is also relevant to the issue: Blue Thunder.

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2 thoughts on “Part Man. Part Machine. All Cop.

  1. It’s odd by I (Generation X-er) have not seen the original movie yet. So I cannot comment on the content. Nevertheless, I agree with your analysis in the linked post:
    I have found some not too sophisticated science-fiction movies thought-provoking, too – in particular episodes of Star Trek, Next Generation.
    I feel that science fiction in general is a perfect ‘projection area’ for presenting and playing with philosophical ideas. I think the reason is: You are not distracted by a too realistic environment – the only connection you can make with your own life is related to those ideas.

    • Good point, Elke. Popular sci-fi is a great vehicle for ideas. It’s hard to know whether or not to recommend Robocop to someone who hasn’t seen it. It’s very violent, but so over the top as to be satirical.

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