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
Even though Jonathan Lemkin was the last writer working on the movie and drafted its shooting script, he lost the Writers Guild arbitration and his name does not appear in the credits. However, the movie's novelization lists him as one of the authors of the screenplay. See more »
In the beginning of the movie, a stockpile of C4 catches fire, and thus blows the whole building up. C4 only can be detonated by a detonation charge or blasting cap which is just a smaller explosive. If it catches fire, it burns slowly.
This is true of C4, however there were no details to describe, and no one suggested, the C4 was only detonated by the fire. It is reasonable to believe Phoenix detonated them by other means. Spartan stated to his captain, "he rigged the place to blow". The complete destruction of the building in successive detonations is a firm indicator the charges were strategically placed throughout, and anyone with that skill would not rely on a gasoline fire for detonation. It is also possible the gasoline fire was intended as a lure for responders, as it would increase the casualty count at the time of the explosive detonation. Phoenix did not expect Spartan to appear at that time, which may have caused Phoenix to alter his plan in any number of ways. See more »
This film is phenomenal! Funny, action packed and in some ways has almost proved prophetic (check reference to Arnie Presidential library, a terrifying possibility which is looking almost possible!! Bear in mind that this movie was made well before Arnie was heavily involved in politics)! Wesley Snipes is at his hottest in this movie as the evil Simon Phoenix and Stallone is amazing as the "troubled past gunslinger" Spartan. When you factor in a cute and funny Sandra Bullock and Nigel Hawthorne as a fascist dictator, it is hard to see how this movie could have been any better. Also the vision of the future provided is both insightful and believable. Ending is a bit corny and "hollywood" but really I think that such a minor flaw is balanced out by the sheer entertainment value of the rest of the film. A brilliant Sci-Fi, much overlooked.
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