1987 – Paul Verhoven’s acerbically violent and satirical sci-fi action film centres on a tragic hero, Murphy, a Detroit police officer mutilated and left for dead on a routine bust. He is imbued with prototype augmentations to become Robocop, new IP of the Omni Consumer Products corporation. He becomes the next line in law enforcement, and the film rides the line between the philosophy of Asimov’s robotic laws, and the excessive violent, swearing, and sexuality of the 1980s.
How does this relate to the Western genre then, is it more than just a sci-fi film? Well, more than anything, Murphy (played by Peter Weller) is the law officer in a town where crime runs riot, the Detroit police department struggle to keep order. His wife and son, who he used to entertain with an old gun slinging trick, leave him alone. He finds himself in a new world, trapped in a half-life, with only his partner…. to stand by him. As Robocop, he is a product, but what the film attempts is to look at what’s left of the man underneath