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
Spartan's body position and mouth change several times while he is supposedly frozen. Before he freezes, his mouth is closed and his body turned. When he freezes, his mouth is open and his hands placed facing up (showing surprise, etc.). The levels of surprise shown in the mouth and body position change throughout. See more »
Simon Phoenix! Lie down with your hands behind your back.
What's this? Six of you. Such nice, tidy uniforms. Oh I'm so scared!
[the Police Officers look at each other]
What you guys don't have sarcasm anymore?
[Police Officer talks to his automated assistant]
Maniac has responded with a scornful remark.
Approach, and repeat ultimatum in an even firmer tone of voice. Add the words, "or else".
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Sgt. John Spartan (Stallone) is a tough cop for a tough age and Simon Pheonix (Snipes) is a nasty and violent criminal. When Stallone finally catches his man, he is found guilty of killing a group of innocent civilians at the same time; and they are both given sentences in the new cryo-prison. When Simon Pheonix escapes into a new world in the year 2032, the police have no way of dealing with such a vicious arch-criminal so they re-animate John Sparton, and so it begins.
I simply love the way the future is portrayed in this film, it is a wonderfully satirical crime free environment where the humans have become ultra-placid geeks under the new regime. Sandra Bullock and Nigel Hawthorne are the two main police-persons that we see and they are brilliantly funny in their performances.
Demolition man is as funny as it is action packed and although it's pretty shallow, it is still great fun to watch.
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