“Robodoc: The Creation of Robocop” is an absolute masterpiece of documentary filmmaking that takes us on a thrilling journey through the creation of one of cinema’s most iconic characters – Robocop. Any long-time fan of the Robocop franchise, can’t have asked for a more insightful and entertaining exploration of its origins.
The documentary is expertly crafted, with a perfect blend of interviews, with pretty much everyone involved other than Rob Bottin and the late Miguel Ferrer (Although there are some legacy interviews added in just for compoletionist sake) behind-the-scenes footage, and archival materials that offer a comprehensive look at the making of this groundbreaking film. The filmmakers have clearly done their homework, and their passion for the subject matter shines through in every frame.
One of the standout aspects of “Robodoc” is the in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, including director Paul Verhoeven and the brilliant Peter Weller, who portrayed Robocop himself. Hearing their firsthand accounts of the challenges and triumphs during production adds a level of authenticity to the documentary that is truly remarkable. Nothing is left out either. bad behaviour tantrums on set and unique ways of how the film making process occured are all here. Set over four 100 minute plus episodes, this is simply everything you could want an more.
The film doesn’t just focus on the technical aspects of creating Robocop but delves into the socio-political and cultural context of the 1980s, which influenced the film’s themes and relevance. It’s a fascinating exploration of how a seemingly simple action movie can have profound implications and commentary on society.
The documentary also pays homage to the incredible special effects and practical effects work that brought Robocop to life. It’s a reminder of the craftsmanship and ingenuity that went into making the character feel so real and iconic.
“Robodoc” also excels in its pacing, keeping the audience engaged and entertained throughout its runtime. It’s a testament to the filmmakers’ ability to distill a vast amount of information into a coherent and enjoyable narrative.
In conclusion, “Robodoc: The Creation of Robocop” is a must-watch for both die-hard Robocop fans and anyone interested in the art of filmmaking. It’s a five-star documentary that offers a deep and satisfying dive into the world of a cinematic legend. Kudos to the entire team behind this outstanding film; they’ve created a documentary that will stand the test of time, much like Robocop himself. We do not say this lightly when we say that this is one of the best ever movie documentaries ever made. In fact it’s up there with the likes of Sans Soliel and Roger & Me as an all time best doc.
I’d buy this for more than a dollar!
The four-part series RoboDoc – The Creation of Robocop will begin streaming weekly episodes exclusively on the Icon Film Channel from 2nd October. It will be followed by the Blu-ray Collector’s Edition on December 18th and TVOD/EST from January 1st 2024.