Demolition Man

Published October 22, 2021

Demolition Man

Film info

  • Title Demolition Man
  • Director Marco Brambilla
  • Year 1993
  • Run time 1hr 55m
  • Genres Crime, Action, Science Fiction
  • Tagline The 21st century's most dangerous cop, the 21st century's most ruthless criminal

When psychopathic killer Simon Phoenix escapes cryoprison during a mandatory parole hearing, only officer Lenina Huxley has a play to stop a criminal rampage from causing havoc in her now-peaceful world: free the one man capable of stopping Phoenix - officer John Spartan. Now, two men from another time bring a level of nonstop action long unseen in this future, idyllic world.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:13 There’s no messing about in this film, dude’s already jumped out of a helicopter shooting onto the roof of a burning building and we’re not even three minutes in.
6:22 “Try remembering a little thing called official police procedure.” Does he know he’s talking to Sly?
10:32 This is the weirdest punishment ever.
16:20 Loving the Lethal Weapon poster on her wall.
20:55 I’m going to call it MurderDeathKill from now on.
29:40 They’ve got this virtual meeting right. Just a load of faces on screens.
30:15 “Enhance your calm.”
39:29 I in turn love and hate this future.
44:51 “What seems to be your boggle?” DUDE.
55:07 I’m enjoying Sandy and Rocky playing off each other.
1:02:42 “Looks like there’s a new shepherd in town.”
1:13:52 I am really vexed by the seashells.
1:17:52 “I’ll be subtle. I’m good at subtle.”
1:26:14 “I’m the enemy because I think. I read.”
1:31:48 Yay, the BTTF tunnel survived the earthquake then.
1:37:10 Oh no, she said shovel!
1:48:58 Demolition Man by name, Demolitian Man by nature.


I watched this as part of Project Sandy - watching all the movies the wonderful Sandra Bullock has made - and was expecting the worst. Everyone seems to bracket it in with Last Action Hero, and that one didn’t go well for us just recently. But somehow, this was incredible and terrible in equal measure. It’s funny, and satirical, and charming, whilst also being outlandish and silly, and hosting visuals that do not stand the test of time.

Bullock and Stallone make an unexpectedly brilliant team, and there are so many quotes in the movie to take away. Pretty sure I’m going to be saying ‘shovel it’ and ‘what’s your boggle’ for a long time. It’s such a weird one, and seems to have a lot of elements that other films have done better, but I really, really enjoyed it!

Rating: 3 / 5

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