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
Lenina Huxley's name is a combination of Lenina Crowne and Aldous Huxley. Crowne is a character in Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World' (1932), a novel about a future society where everything is predetermined for you so as not to offend others(among other reasons) and where showing even moderate emotion is considered to be unusual and possibly even illegal. Crowne's first name Lenina itself was chosen by Aldous Huxley after the pseudonym of the first dictator of the Soviet Union, Lenin (Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov). See more »
When the computer is responding to the first Code 187s, it is heard to say, "Last recorded offense: September 25, 2010," which in the movie would have been 22 years previously. However, when Spartan is first thawed, Garcia tells him that "There have been no deaths of unnatural causes in San Angeles in the last 16 years." His math is off.
It is stated that the last recorded offense of "187" (which is the actual current California Penal Code section for murder), was 22 years previous. It was also stated, "There have been no deaths of unnatural causes in San Angeles in the last 16 years." Both can be simultaneously correct. Death by unnatural causes does not assume murder, and they are not the same. It is possible, and consistent with the story line, although excessively Utopian, there were no murders for 22 years, and there were no unnatural deaths for 16 years. There are countless possibilities of death, including homicide, that are not murder. For example, if a person choked on a cherry pit and died, it would be unnatural, but not (likely) murder. As well, industrial accidents resulting in death occur frequently, and are not murder. It's hard to believe that any society could continue for 16 years with no unnatural death, but improbability does not equal impossibility. See more »
I thought it was one of the greatest movies of all time. As a social commentary, it's extraordinarily on-target. I mean, come on, this is the movie where the joke was made that Schwarzenegger would be president and Taco Bell would win the franchise wars, and what do you know? Now people want the constitution amended so Arnold can run for president and Taco Bell is winning the franchise wars (they merged with Pizza Hut and KFC).
The story parallels Brave New World and there are numerous references to it. It's the best "Big Brother" film to ever be made. It's got great laughs, great action, and just great stuff. The basic plot is pretty mediocre when you get right down to it, but when you factor in all the detail and the very well-thought script, it's a must-see movie. It's like the anti-movie, it's great, but nobody likes it, apparently.
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