Frozen in 1996, Simon Phoenix, a convicted crime lord, is revived for a parole hearing well into the 21st century. Revived into a society free from crime, Phoenix resumes his murderous rampage, and no one can stop him. John Spartan, the police officer who captured Phoenix in 1996, has also been cryogenically frozen, this time for a crime he did not commit. In 2032, the former cities of Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Barbara have merged into peaceful, utopian San Angeles. Unable to stop him with their non-violent solutions, the police release Spartan to help recapture Phoenix. Now after 36 years, Spartan has to adapt himself to the future society he has no knowledge about.Written by
In a retrospective on his filmography, Denis Leary called this movie a "giant piece of shit". See more »
Both Spartan and Phoenix receive verbal morality tickets throughout the film the latter's tickets are issued without giving a name due to his lack of a code chip. By that logic he shouldn't receive a fine at all because in addition to identification the chip is also responsible for all monetary transactions meaning any fine incurred couldn't be enforced.
This is a futuristic computer-operated system in a world where everyone is Lo-Jacked, and no one has reason to believe otherwise. Phoenix affected his own premature release, and was not subject to the "normal" method, which certainly would have included the implant. It isn't unreasonable to believe the computer system automatically triggers on Verbal Morality Code words or phrases, and responds even when it is unclear who is the offender. It would be reasonable for the computer to simply respond as programmed with, "[null], you are fined one credit for violation of the verbal morality code", and print the ticket with no name. See more »
Zachary Lamb - Young:
Remember when they used to let commercial airlines land in this town?
Yeah. Well, I don't understand where we're going, or why the hell we're bothering anyhow.
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Although intact for cinema the UK video version was cut by 2 secs to remove some face blows and an ear-clap during the climactic fight scene. DVD versions feature the same cut print. See more »
I first saw this movie in the theater when it came out in 93 and loved it. The cool futuristic toys and Stallone and Sandra Bullock make a great on-screen couple. Snipes delivers as the bad guy, and Stallone is the cop who is frozen but thawed out 36 years later to stop him once again. Plenty of one-liners and action.
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