On Oct. 8, 1993, an epic, goofy sci-fi satire called "Demolition Man" entered the world ...
A cop (Sylvester Stallone) and his arch nemesis (Wesley Snipes) are both convicted of crimes and sentenced to CryoPrison. Thirty-six years later, they're thawed out into a markedly different Los Angeles (it's now called San Angeles). The world of 2032 is pacifist and technocratic. Sex, booze, drugs, profanity and every other restaurant but Taco Bell are outlawed. There is no violent crime.
Needless to say, Stallone and Snipes have some trouble adjusting.
It ain't Orwell, but it's held up surprisingly well.
As it's been maybe two decades since you've seen it (if you've seen it at all), here are a few reminders of "Demolition Man's" subtle beauty.
Its characters have names like John Spartan (Stallone), Simon Phoenix (Snipes) and Lenina Huxley (Sandra Bullock), the last one a reference to "Brave New World" author Aldous Huxley. Snipes is pretty much only named Simon so he can say things like, "Simon says, 'Die!'"
Stallone, Bullock and especially Snipes relish in the ridiculousness of the script. And they're a much better cast than was originally planned. Jackie Chan was first offered the role of the villain. Lori Petty was slated for Bullock's role.
In the future, everyone uses a bidet-like method called the three seashells instead of toilet paper. Also, in this highly moral society, profanity is illegal. Omnipresent machines will print you a ticket if you're in violation of the "Verbal Morality Statute." In the movie's best scene, a newly unfrozen Stallone, who likes to cuss and to wipe, blasts a machine with foul language to make impromptu toilet paper.
In the future, every restaurant is a Taco Bell.
And flat tires re-inflate themselves.
And you have to go to the museum if you need a gun.
And you have sex using a cyber helmet because fluid exchange is now illegal.
And, remember, Jack Black's in it?
And Denis Leary, too.
And Sandra Bullock in the '90s, am I right?
And Benjamin Bratt in the '90s, am I right?
SPOILER. And the movie knows it's not over until someone's cryogenically frozen head is kicked off.