History Film / DemolitionMan

18th Jun '17 1:47:13 PM tropeminer
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* ArchEnemy: John Spartan and Simon Phoenix are this to each other.
16th Jun '17 5:48:30 AM Harem-author
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* GraffitiOfTheResistance: The Underground has automatic sprayers for painting the walls in seconds. The government has paint vaporizing devices which can undo the work just as fast.

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* GraffitiOfTheResistance: The Underground has automatic sprayers for painting the walls in seconds. The government has paint vaporizing devices which can undo the work just as fast.fast... which they have to, ''as the graffiti is demonstrated exploding if it's left on!''



-->'''John''': ''I come out of cryo-prison and I'm Betsy-fucking-Ross. Phoenix comes out, he can access computers, operate all vehicles, knows the location of every damn thing in town, and is '''three times stronger than when he went in!''''' ({{Beat}}) ''...[[EurekaMoment Can you get me Phoenix' rehab program?]]''

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-->'''John''': ''I come out of cryo-prison and I'm Betsy-fucking-Ross. Phoenix comes out, he can access computers, operate all vehicles, knows the location of every damn thing in town, and is '''three times stronger than when he went in!''''' ({{Beat}}) ''...[[EurekaMoment Can you get me Phoenix' Phoenix's rehab program?]]''



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Simon Phoenix [[spoiler: framed John Spartan and got him locked in cryo prison, thereby unwittingly providing the future SAPD with the only man who could stop him. If he hadn't framed Spartan, best case scenario Spartan is a septuagenarian. More than likely, Spartan would have died when the "real disturbances began", as Cocteau put it, when "civilization tried to destroy itself."]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Simon Phoenix [[spoiler: framed John Spartan and got him locked in cryo prison, thereby unwittingly providing the future SAPD with the only man who could stop him. If he hadn't framed Spartan, best case scenario scenario, Spartan is a septuagenarian. More than likely, Spartan would have died when the "real disturbances began", as Cocteau put it, when "civilization tried to destroy itself."]]



* NotMeThisTime: Almost word-for-word, John then tells his superior that Simon rigged the building he was hiding at to blow up.

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* NotMeThisTime: Almost word-for-word, John then tells his superior that Simon rigged the building he was hiding at in to blow up.



* PopulationControl: [[ImpliedTrope Implied]]; pregnancy is illegal without a license, and fluids are cleaned and transferred by authorized medical personnel.

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* PopulationControl: [[ImpliedTrope Implied]]; pregnancy is illegal without a license, and fluids are cleaned and transferred ''only'' by authorized medical personnel.



** Phoenix defrosts somewhere between 6 and 80 of his old buddies, [[spoiler: One looks to die in the sewer fight with another one or maybe one killed and one knocked out, another two go down to Spartan and Huxley just as Lenina Huxley shoots and kills one after knocking out another one, and the rest are never seen again, and presumably eliminated when the when the cryo-prison is blown up or get away and maybe cops are at the end on the cryo-prison campus hunting them down like with stun batons drawn and running. In a cut out scene John Spartan kills off more of Simon Phoenix's gang in the cryo-prison building. He also fights the thug who did the work for Simon Phoenix in offing Raymond Cocteau for him played by Jesse "The Body" Ventura. It's not known how he defeats him. In the novelization it's not explain or said what happens to the cryo-con Adam played by Jesse Ventura who did the work for Simon Phoenix in killing Raymond Cocteau. He just disappears when sent by Simon Phoenix after John Spartan and Lenina Huxley and they kill the 3 other cons.]]

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** Phoenix defrosts somewhere between 6 and 80 of his old buddies, [[spoiler: One looks to die in the sewer fight with another one or maybe one killed and one knocked out, another two go down to Spartan and Huxley just as Lenina Huxley shoots and kills one after knocking out another one, and the rest are never seen again, and presumably eliminated when the when the cryo-prison is blown up or get away and maybe cops are at the end on the cryo-prison campus hunting them down like with stun batons drawn and running. In a cut out scene John Spartan kills off more of Simon Phoenix's gang in the cryo-prison building. He also fights the thug who did the work for Simon Phoenix in offing Raymond Cocteau for him played by Jesse "The Body" Ventura. It's not known how he defeats him. In the novelization it's not explain explained or said what happens to the cryo-con Adam played by Jesse Ventura who did the work for Simon Phoenix in killing Raymond Cocteau. He just disappears when sent by Simon Phoenix after John Spartan and Lenina Huxley and they kill the 3 other cons.]]
15th Jun '17 6:51:44 PM Harem-author
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: There is no legally justified reason to put John Spartan in cryo-prison at the start of the movie. A high-school graduate could have taken the case against him apart. First, John Spartan is a police officer, not a member of the Armed Forces, and Simon Phoenix isn't a soldier of a foreign country, but the psychotic leader of a heavily-armed criminal gang, thus war-crime laws don't apply. Second, when a criminal engages in a violent felony, legal culpability for any and all casualties falls squarely on the criminal, even if the casualties result entirely from the police response. Lastly, any punishment that John Spartan would have faced would only result if John Spartan acted with gross negligence, and that is clearly not the case.
12th Jun '17 5:58:14 AM EarthboyJim
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* StayInTheKitchen: Near the end of the movie, John Spartan is so determined to confront Simon Phoenix alone that he actually knocks out Huxley out with a stun-stick in order to prevent her from following him. Nevermind the fact that she has proven her value to him many times over, including in a fight just a few minutes earlier where she beat up mooks with her martial arts skills and saved Spartan's life by shooting one who was about to kill him

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* StayInTheKitchen: Near the end of the movie, John Spartan is so determined to confront Simon Phoenix alone that he actually knocks out Huxley out with a stun-stick in order to prevent her from following him. Nevermind the fact that she has proven her value to him many times over, including in a fight just a few minutes earlier where she beat up mooks with her martial arts skills and saved Spartan's life by shooting one who was about to kill himhim. To be fair, being [[spoiler: wrongly]] blamed for the death of hostages can easily make ItsPersonal and various scenes have shown that Spartan and Phoenix and obssessed with Killing each other.
26th May '17 6:05:20 AM NightShade96
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard

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* HoistByHisOwnPetardHoistByHisOwnPetard:



* NiceJobBreakingItHero

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* NiceJobBreakingItHeroNiceJobBreakingItHero:



* NonStandardKiss: In the future city of San Angeles, even simply high-fiving is thought as being intimate there; people are taught not to do any meaningless physical contact.



* NoPaperFuture

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* NoPaperFutureNoPaperFuture:
12th May '17 1:02:25 AM Unityd3v
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** All the futuristic looking cars in the film are actually concept cars from GM, most famously the GM Utralite concept that was used as the squad car of the SAPD.
12th May '17 12:59:42 AM Unityd3v
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** A subtle one: the prisoner who's up for parole before Phoenix returns as the pianist at Taco Bell.

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** A subtle one: the prisoner who's up for parole before Phoenix returns as the pianist at Taco Bell.Bell (or Pizza Hut, depending on the localization).
7th May '17 12:12:17 PM valar55
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* BothOrderAndChaosAreDangerous: This movie's theme. A cop is brought from the past to enforce order but quickly shows everyone that strict order can be just as evil as absolute chaos. In the end, the two leaders that represent chaos and order find they have to negotiate with each other in order find a good balance.

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* BothOrderAndChaosAreDangerous: This movie's theme. A cop is brought from the past to enforce order order, but quickly shows everyone that strict order can be just as evil as absolute chaos. In the end, the two leaders that represent chaos and order find they have to negotiate with each other in order to find a good balance.



* 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 AxCrazy criminal like Phoenix.

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* DeconReconSwitch: The film does this to the Cowboy Cop.CowboyCop. 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 AxCrazy criminal like Phoenix.
19th Apr '17 8:47:29 PM Omeganian
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** Cocteau also didn't expect, or have a means to prevent, Simon Phoenix [[spoiler:thawing out a small army of mooks to help him.]]
14th Apr '17 2:28:25 PM Aurelian
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* NotSoDifferent: Spartan and Phoenix both fall foul of the verbal morality code soon after getting out of the cryoprison.
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