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
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 »
Huxley, look, this isn't the Wild West! The Wild West wasn't even the Wild West! Hurting people's not a good thing! Sometimes it is,
[turns to Cocteau]
but not when it's a bunch of people looking for something to eat!
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Sylvester Stallone was really beside himself when he took this film. Instead of trying to be the tough guy, he sort of made fun of his pre-existing persona in his role as John Spartan. Funny, and satirical of a gun-free society, it just proves that peace doesn't necessarily result in the most diverse range of self expression. The humor in the film was exceptional, and Wesley Snipes was great as Simon Phoenix. This also proved to be my favorite film with Sandra Bullock, who subsequently destroyed her career thereafter. This movie will always be good for a laugh, especially for the characters singing all of the commercial jingles.
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