In a not-too-distant future where all restaurants are Pizza Hut, there hasn't been a case of intentional murder for decades, people are fined for swearing, have digital sex and use sea shells instead of toilet paper, a dangerous criminal (Simon Phoenix) manages to break free from his cryogenic prison during a scheduled parole hearing. It is a time when even the police are unequipped to deal with violence, chaos ensues, and a decision is made to awaken the one guy who brought down this criminal in the past, John Spartan - The Demolition Man - from his cryogenic slumber. For thirty years they've both been frozen, the latter framed by the aforementioned crook, convicted of a crime he did not commit.
Wesley Snipes plays the villain, and Sylvester Stallone the hero, and they both do an unforgettable job at it. This still stands today as not just a classic action movie, but a good one, and even disregarding the action - a good movie! Though the script may sound serious (or attempting to be), there's plenty of comedy intertwined with the vicious scheme of vengeance and violence, which somehow make the action scenes seem all the more future-proof. Stallone throws in a few humorous (and almost prophetical, in retrospect) references to other action icons like Jackie Chan and Schwarzenegger, and there's the clash between culture, of present and past, profanity and mayhem and a world where all things violent are unknown.
The future way back in 1993 may not have been the most futuristic by modern standards, but it looks good, slick and stylish. It all ends with a big bang, a revolution, and with the practical function of those sea shells still shrouded in mystery! Great watch.
rated 5/5: friggin awesome