a better film than most may remember it being. it’s equal parts social commentary, action and humor. verhoven (basic instinct and total recall) strikes a perfect balance here. i don’t ever think it’s corny, or when it is, then it’s for a laugh – usually at the expense of the media or as a social comment. watching this movie now is so much different from the 10/15 times i watched it when i was 12. back then it was a cool action film with some good lines and a couple laughs, but now i notice the commentary on our society. hey, while we’re privatizing rebuilding contracts in iraq and social security and everything else why don’t we privatize our police force? what entertainment should be. p.s. i’m commenting on the criterion collection edition of the film which includes formerly cut footage.