Robocop's Legacy

Here's an interesting story from the Detroit Free Press on Robocop's somewhat shocking enduring legacy. The movie is almost 25 years old!

Director Paul Verhoeven has heard about the campaign to construct a RoboCop statue in Detroit, the home of his futuristic movie about a policeman who's turned into a cyborg crime fighter. "I had no problem with it, let's put it that way," he says with a twinkle in his voice. "Perhaps I should see it as my most important contribution as a Dutchman to American culture." Verhoeven may be amused by the idea of a giant replica of the robot character, but the lasting impact of his cult hit isn't a joke. What explains the enduring mystique of "RoboCop," which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year? Why would a 1987 action film still resonate today? And what, if anything, does it say about Detroit, the location for the story but not the filming?