History Film / DemolitionMan

11th Aug '16 7:09:23 PM MrDeath
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* GraffitiOfTheResistance: The Underground had automatic sprayers for painting the walls in seconds. The government had paint vaporizing devices which could undo the work just as fast.

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* GraffitiOfTheResistance: The Underground had has automatic sprayers for painting the walls in seconds. The government had has paint vaporizing devices which could can undo the work just as fast.
5th Aug '16 1:52:03 PM Kalaong
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* AutomatedAutomobiles: All 2020's vehicles have autopilots, though manual is still an option. This leads to a darkly funny OhCrap moment when the police cruiser John is riding([[OutsideRide at the moment]]) takes damage while pursuing Phoenix; the autopilot engages and refuses to disengage even though he can clearly see that it's over a dozen seconds away from crashing if it won't turn or brake. Luckily, the car's safety features are better than the autopilot.

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* AutomatedAutomobiles: All 2020's 2030s vehicles have autopilots, though manual is still an option. This It becomes a plot point when one of the cops is the only one that can drive a stick-shift (but not well) because she watches a lot of old movies. It also leads to a darkly funny OhCrap moment when the police cruiser John is riding([[OutsideRide at the moment]]) takes damage while pursuing Phoenix; the autopilot engages and refuses to disengage even though he can clearly see that it's over a dozen seconds away from crashing if it won't turn or brake. Luckily, the car's safety features are better than the autopilot.
30th Jul '16 5:41:06 PM najhoant
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* FromBadToWorse: The crime situation at the opening of the film was just the start. Los Angeles was apparently leveled by "The Big One" sometime while Spartan was frozen, and it was so bad that they basically just built San Angeles on top of the ruins. And apparently there were two more [=STD=] epidemics as bad as AIDS in the same time frame.

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* FromBadToWorse: FromBadToWorse:
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The crime situation at the opening of the film was just the start. Los Angeles was apparently leveled by "The Big One" sometime while Spartan was frozen, and it was so bad that they basically just built San Angeles on top of the ruins. And apparently there were two more [=STD=] epidemics as bad as AIDS in the same time frame.frame.
** Phoenix himself. In the beginning of the film, he is just a violent psycho. In the future, he is a violent psycho [[spoiler:who has been programmed with skills in weapon use, urban warfare and other skills, making him even more dangerous.]]
27th Jul '16 11:39:05 AM AndyLA
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** The movie was named after a 1981 song by Music/ThePolice, which their former bandleader Sting covered as a solo artist for the movie soundtrack.

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** The movie was named after a 1981 song by Music/ThePolice, Music/ThePolice[[note]](CoveredUp from Music/GraceJones' original, actually)[[/note]], which their former bandleader Sting covered as a solo artist for the movie soundtrack.
25th Jul '16 4:33:44 AM ErikModi
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* MadeOfExpoldium: In 2032, when Simon shoves one of the police's nonleathal stun wands into the "gas tank" of a police car. Watching it live, one of the cops notes "That's pure [[{{Technobabble}} capacitance gel]]. . ." On cue, the care explodes. UpToEleven in the beginning of the film, when Simon stabs a knife into 55-gallon drums labeled "C-4", which he later detonates spectacularly with fire from gasoline on the floor (C-4 won't explode when set on fire, and doesn't come in 55-gallon drums).

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* MadeOfExpoldium: MadeOfExplodium: In 2032, when Simon shoves one of the police's nonleathal stun wands into the "gas tank" of a police car. Watching it live, one of the cops notes "That's pure [[{{Technobabble}} capacitance gel]]. . ." On cue, the care explodes. UpToEleven in the beginning of the film, when Simon stabs a knife into 55-gallon drums labeled "C-4", which he later detonates spectacularly with fire from gasoline on the floor (C-4 won't explode when set on fire, and doesn't come in 55-gallon drums).
24th Jul '16 9:37:19 PM ErikModi
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* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: With a sci-fi twist. The prisoners in cryostasis were implanted with behavior modification to give them skills which would make them productive members of society. Phoenix was turned into the perfect criminal.

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* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: With a sci-fi twist. The prisoners in cryostasis were implanted with behavior modification to give them skills which would make them productive members of society. Phoenix was turned into the perfect criminal. [[RuleOfFunny Spartan learns knitting.]]


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* MadeOfExpoldium: In 2032, when Simon shoves one of the police's nonleathal stun wands into the "gas tank" of a police car. Watching it live, one of the cops notes "That's pure [[{{Technobabble}} capacitance gel]]. . ." On cue, the care explodes. UpToEleven in the beginning of the film, when Simon stabs a knife into 55-gallon drums labeled "C-4", which he later detonates spectacularly with fire from gasoline on the floor (C-4 won't explode when set on fire, and doesn't come in 55-gallon drums).
24th Jul '16 9:21:16 PM ErikModi
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-->'''Spartan:''' Thanks a lot, you shit-brained, fuck-faced, ball-breaking, duck-fucking pain in the ass. ''[with every swear word, the fine dispenser issues another slip]''

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-->'''Spartan:''' Thanks a lot, you shit-brained, fuck-faced, ball-breaking, duck-fucking pain in the ass. ''[with every swear word, the fine dispenser issues another slip]''slip, and the onlooking cops wince]''
24th Jul '16 9:17:59 PM ErikModi
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-->'''Spartan''': [to squeaky-clean San Angeles cop] You need to get a little dirty, and you [to literal underground leader Edgar Friendly] need to get a ''lot'' clean.
24th Jul '16 3:12:36 PM nombretomado
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-->'''Phoenix:''' All right, gentlemen, let's review. The year is 2032 - that's two-zero-three-two, as in the 21st Century - and I am sorry to say the world has become a pussy-whipped, BradyBunch version of itself, run by a bunch of robed sissies.

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-->'''Phoenix:''' All right, gentlemen, let's review. The year is 2032 - that's two-zero-three-two, as in the 21st Century - and I am sorry to say the world has become a pussy-whipped, BradyBunch ''[[Series/TheBradyBunch Brady Bunch]]'' version of itself, run by a bunch of robed sissies.
20th Jul '16 4:51:29 PM TheGreenHerring
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* BigBadWannabe: Dr. Raymond Cocteau.
* BigBrotherIsWatching

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* BigBad: Simon Phoenix, the ruthless criminal whose escape from the cryoprison and subsequent criminal activities set off the plot.
* BigBadWannabe: Dr. Raymond Cocteau.
Cocteau, founder of San Angeles, who is willing to enforce his CrapsaccharineWorld by any means necessary [[spoiler:but is defenseless when the hero Spartan gets the drop on him, and when the much more dangerous Phoenix later kills him by proxy]].
* BigBrotherIsWatchingBigBrotherIsWatching: There are cameras ''everywhere'' in San Angeles, ready to catch a criminal on the move, and its citizens are more than happy to live with it.



* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Variant, Huxley doesn't get 90s slang, neither does anyone else from San Angeles, really.

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* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: Variant, Variant; Huxley doesn't get 90s slang, and neither does anyone else from San Angeles, really.Angeles.



** The movie starts and ends with Phoenix and Spartan fighting in a building full of [[spoiler: frozen people, if Phoenix's "cold as Haagen Dazs" line is literal, that is.]].

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** The movie starts and ends with Phoenix and Spartan fighting in a building full [[spoiler:full of [[spoiler: frozen people, if Phoenix's "cold as Haagen Dazs" line is literal, that is.]].literal]].



* ChangingClothesIsaFreeAction: Simon Phoenix changes from something that looks like a cross between scrubs and prison fatigues to a pair of overalls and a bright orange mesh shirt (...it was The '90s) between scenes with no explanation while on the run from the cops. Maybe it was part of his cryo-conditioning?

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* ChangingClothesIsaFreeAction: ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: Simon Phoenix changes from something that looks like a cross between scrubs and prison fatigues to a pair of overalls and a bright orange mesh shirt (...it was The '90s) between scenes with no explanation while on the run from the cops. Maybe it was part of his cryo-conditioning?



* Decon-ReconSwitch: The film does this to the Cowboy Cop. LAPD cop John Spartan is so bold and reckless in stopping criminals that his superiors hate him so much (earning him the titular nickname). As he finally takes down psychotic criminal Simon Phoenix in such a destructive manner that led to the deaths of hundreds of hostages (though it's later revealed that Phoenix had killed them earlier), he gets a life sentence in prison alongside Phoenix. Decades later, Phoenix is released into a violence-free society where police officers are so by-the-book (always turning to a handheld device for information) that they are absolutely unable to think for themselves, and Phoenix easily overtakes them. The police decide to release Spartan to stop Phoenix, accepting that a less by-the-book, more intuitive policeman would do better in bringing down an Axe Crazy criminal like Phoenix.

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* Decon-ReconSwitch: DeconReconSwitch: The film does this to the Cowboy Cop. LAPD cop John Spartan is so bold and reckless in stopping criminals that his superiors hate him so much (earning him the titular nickname). As he finally takes down psychotic criminal Simon Phoenix in such a destructive manner that led to the deaths of hundreds of hostages (though it's later revealed that Phoenix had killed them earlier), he gets a life sentence in prison alongside Phoenix. Decades later, Phoenix is released into a violence-free society where police officers are so by-the-book (always turning to a handheld device for information) that they are absolutely unable to think for themselves, and Phoenix easily overtakes them. The police decide to release Spartan to stop Phoenix, accepting that a less by-the-book, more intuitive policeman would do better in bringing down an Axe Crazy AxCrazy criminal like Phoenix.



* Dragon-in-Chief: Simon Phoenix is this until he's finally had enough of Dr. Cocteau. While Cocteau is Genre Savvy enough to program Phoenix to be unable to kill him, he neglects to do this for the other criminals Phoenix has released. Oops.

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* Dragon-in-Chief: DragonInChief: Simon Phoenix is this until he's finally had enough of Dr. Cocteau. While Cocteau is Genre Savvy enough to program Phoenix to be unable to kill him, he neglects to do this for the other criminals Phoenix has released. Oops.
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