Demolition Man

In Los Angeles in the year 1996, a police sergeant (Sylvester Stallone) convicted of involuntary manslaughter and a psychopathic criminal (Wesley Snipes) are both frozen into cryogenic stasis for rehabilitation. They’re unfrozen in the year 2032, when society, lorded over by someone called Raymond Cocteau (Nigel Hawthorne), has become virtually nonviolent, and a police officer (Sandra Bullock) decides that a 90s cop is needed to defeat a 90s criminal. Would-be satirist Daniel Waters (Heathers, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, Hudson Hawk) scripted this 1993 picture, and nearly all the SF premises are accorded the status of Andrew Dice Clay one-linerswhich means that they, along with the characters, keep changing from one scene to the next. Lots of plate glass gets broken, and there’s a fine warehouse explosion in the openingif that’s what you’re looking for. TV commercial director Marco Brambilla is credited with putting the actors through their paces, and Peter M. Lenkov and Robert Reneau share the writing credit. (JR)

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