Cast: Sylvester Stallone as John Spartan, Wesley Snipes as Simon Phoenix, Sandra Bullock as Lenina Huxley
Synopsis: In a peaceful utopia, homicidal maniac Simon Phoenix spreads chaos. Only one man can stop him–his old enemy John Spartan.
The movie starts in 1996, a chaos, crime-infested Los Angeles. At the center of this madness is Simon Phoenix. He’s intelligent, he’s insane and a homicidal maniac. Enter John Spartan, someone who is as crazy as Phoenix is. But unlike Phoenix, he’s a good guy. He wants to stop the madness. He wants to stop Simon. He does, but at a huge price. So he and Phoenix are sentenced to life in a prison where they’ll basically become human ice cubes. Fast-forward to 2032, the world is now a utopia. Los Angeles is now called San Angeles, It’s calm, peaceful, happy…and messed up. Because there’s no free will, no independent thoughts and a bunch of ridiculous laws. Someone needs to shake things up. Maybe a newly defrosted, more lethal Simon? How about John Spartan, cop/knitting enthusiast/former ice cube prisoner? This new world very desperately needs some flavor, and these two are the perfect people to provide it.
The performances of Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes are remarkable. They could’ve easily been your typical, cardboard action people, but they weren’t. Their comic timing was on-point. I really wasn’t expecting “Demolition Man” to be funny. Their scenes together were always fun to watch. But Wesley Snipes’ performance is the better one, IMO. His version of Simon Phoenix is always crazy and unpredictable. He’s so over-the-top that you almost root for him. I enjoyed Sylvester Stallone’s performance of John Spartan, as well. His character was very funny, smart and quick. And he expressed his feelings of not fitting in in San Angeles very well. But the two of them seemed to work best together. They should work together again. Sandra Bullock was usually delightful as Lenina Huxley, although her character was kinda annoying at times. She proved to be smart and witty in this movie. This was apparently one of her first roles. You couldn’t tell. She did very well in this movie. As did Denis Leary.
Unlike a lot of action films, “Demolition Man” kinda forces you to think. What would it be like to be in a world like this? Do you think you’d want to live this way? Or live as a Scrap? It was so peaceful, it was actually depressing. I’d probably react the same way John Spartan did. Alex Thomson did the cinematography in “Demolition Man”. He did a remarkable job. So did director Marco Brambilla, who was the director. This was apparently his directorial debut? Well, he did a great job mixing action, comedy and satire.
There were a couple of nice twists here and there. But we were left with some unanswered questions that I wanted to be answered. You pretty much knew what to expect. All in all, this was a very fun and entertaining film that raised a few unexpected questions. Rent it from Netflix, Google Play and Amazon. Enjoy the ride. 7.5 out of 10.