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See a new 4K digital restoration of ROBOCOP this month in Houston!

As an added bonus, cops get in free! Show your badge at the door and you will get free admission to the screening of ROBOCOP!

See a new 4K digital restoration of ROBOCOP this month in Houston!

It's hard to deny that there has been a glut of superhero movies hitting the big screen lately. It’s hard to swing a cat without hitting a comic book fanatic eagerly awaiting the big screen debut of their favorite four-color hero. The ’80s, though, were a different time. In a decade known for excess, comic book fans faced a clear drought of superhero movies. All was not bleak, though. A select few films burned brightly in the night sky like a Batsignal heralding the arrival of a new breed of hero — most of which didn’t even wear masks. While they didn't wear capes or skin-tight costumes, heroes like John McClane or Martin Riggs understood what it took to fight the war on both drugs and evil Europeans alike.

One hero, though, stood out from the rest. This was a hero that knew sometimes the only way to stop a bad guy was to dip him in acid and run him over with a car. This hero, of course, was part man, part machine and all cop. A movie very much of its time, 1987’s ROBOCOP combined explosions and satire in the story of a Detroit cop, Murphy, who is gunned down in a scene that seemed to go on forever. In perhaps the greatest display of crook-on-cop violence to ever grace the silver screen, Murphy is shot several hundred times by automatic weapons and even has an arm blown off with a shotgun. After dying, though, his mangled corpse is repurposed as the fleshy nougat center in a new crunchy cyborg shell. Murphy is then sent to the streets as the iPhone of law enforcement officers.

A hit among audiences, ROBOCOP took aim at the money-hungry schemes of a Reagan-centric government. In a world of constant advertising and overblown hype, RoboCop’s biggest enemy was the society that created him. His technology was constantly being thwarted by the next big advancement in police cybernetics.

Every movie has a life lesson and ROBOCOP is no exception. If there is one thing that audiences should take away from Murphy’s harrowing struggle to reclaim his humanity, it’s to be wary of too much technology. Sure, having a new cell phone that can send texts, take pictures, play movies, and even serve as a wingman when out clubbing would be a nice feather in your cap — but is it worth it in the end? The popular Bluetooth headphone pieces that allow people to talk on their cell phones without using their hands are already ushering in a new wave of chatty cyborgs – all marching toward a post-apocalyptic future where robots rule the world. And all because humans were too lazy to hold their cell phones with their own hands. With a tiny bit of tech stored in their ears, these RoboTalkers are one memory implant away from helping SkyNet win their war against John Conner. Is your humanity worth whatever toys the ghost of Steve Jobs throws at us? The next time you decide to take an afternoon off work so you can wait in line for your new piece of iTech, remember the plight of Officer Murphy.

Thankfully, you can break free of your addiction to technology by emmersing yourself in the original classic. We're bringing ROBOCOP back to the big screen twice this September. Leave your phone at home and instead plug into a new 4K digital restoration of Paul Veerhoven's classic action satire. Rediscover the small (and large) joys of this big screen classic by watching it on the big screen. So grab your date and give them a big ol' "Dead or alive, you're comming with me to ROBOCOP at the Alamo Drafthouse." 

As an added bonus, cops get in free! Show your badge at the door and you will get free admission to the screening of ROBOCOP!




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