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Demolition Man

This is one of those movies that could've been an instant sci-fi classic if it wasn't so dated (for instance, a poorly placed Jeffrey Dahlmer reference).

Sylvester Stallone plays an out-of-control futuristic (1997's futuristic?) L.A. detective named John "The Demolition Man" Spartan who gets framed for neglegiable homocide by Wesley Snipes playing a psychotic criminal mastermind named Simon "The Phoenix" Phoenix.

As punishment, both John Spartan and Simon Phoenix are sentenced to cryogenic suspension for 60 years. However, Simon Phoenix gets a probation review in 2027, kills the probation officer, and breaks out. Thus John Spartan is defrosted and reinstated in the new "San Angeles P.D." ("The Big One" earthquake has screwed everything up, while they were sleeping) waking up to "A Pussy-Whipped Brady Bunch Version" of California.

Speaking of "While You Were Sleeping", Sandra Bullock becomes John Spartan's new partner Lenina Huxley, a history buff of the 20th century who helps Spartan adjust to the new century (keep your ears peeked for bulldadaistic prophecies like Arnold Swarzenegger was President of The United States and all restaurants are now Taco Bell).

There are lines in this movie that I catch myself using whenever I find myself in cheesy Conspiracy situations, all of them spoken by the citizens/extras/dupes in the movie.

But perhaps the one guy that sums up everything I love about this movie and hate about the Conspiracy is the Reverend Cocteau, played by the late great Nigel Hawthorne. Cocteau is both the theocratic leader of San Angeles and a ruthless industrialist. He's the Conspiracy personified in a white kimodo, and the real bad guy in the movie. He's also the guy who created the New Society, and why everyone's a bunch of slogan-spatting, vegan wussies.

Dennis Leary also shows up as his once-cool fast-talking self, playing the leader of an underground resistance against "The Cocteau Plan" and his monologue is one of the coolest moments that sum up what this movie is about. I would rate it up there with Cheech Marin's "Pussy-Lover" Carnie-Bark from "Dusk Til Dawn".

Even though there are some really dated moments in this film; the pinker our world gets, the more relevant I think "Demolition Man" becomes.