I kind of love Demolition Man. I've never felt that way before, but that's also because I've never taken Demolition Man seriously before. Endless late night plays on basic cable and other less-than-focused (read: drunken) watchings had given me the idea that Marco Brambilla's 1990 sci-fi actioner was a "so bad it's good" kind of movie. Having now actually given the film my undivided attention, I've completely reversed my opinion on it. There's nothing bad about Demolition Man; it's a legitimately good flick.

Oh, it's hardly a cinematic masterpiece, but I don't think it's the kind of movie that can only be enjoyed ironically. Brambilla and everyone involved knew exactly what kind of movie they were making. There's nothing incidental about it. Every bit of comedy, every action cliche indulgence is totally intentional.
categories Features, Sci-Fi