Cops in the Futurrrrrre

A still from the movie Demolition Man: Sandra Bullock and Sylvester Stallone, sitting side by side in a restaurant booth, sip from champagne glasses. They are both wearing formalwear.

Two Nerds watched three movies that are about the justice system (or policing more generally) in futuristic dystopias: Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, and Robocop. The first two are very similar: both mid-1990s, with Sylvester Stallone as the lead. Both were (at least partially) reactions to Rodney King and the L.A. Riots. We included Robocop, which was made earlier in 1987, as a contrast with the other two. Robocop ended being the most upsetting of the three, as so many aspects of its dystopia are just, like, regular in contemporary America.

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