Demolition Man ( 1993 ) Blu-ray / Test
It wasn't until the Nineties that I really began to enjoy Stallone's films. After finishing with the Rocky's and Rambo's (and yes, I know he eventually cranked out another one of each, but let's table those for now), and after painful stabs at light comedy with Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Stallone seemed finally to relax and accept the limitations of his star persona -- and that's when he finally made a truly funny film. The story for Demolition Man started with writers Peter Lenkov and Robert Renau, but the initial script flowed from the acid pen of Dan Waters, the darkly satirical mind behind Heathers. Waters' script turned the action genre inside out by marrying it to a wicked satire of political correctness in all shapes and sizes -- and, amazingly, much of Waters' signature wit survived the script's acquisition by producer Joel "Blow Stuff Up" Silver.
Stallone was perfect for the material. All he had to do was be his classic screen self and demolish everything in sight, just as the title suggested. Waters had crafted a unique twist on the "fish out of water" story (more accurately, "fish out of cryo-freeze"), where the humor arose from constant clashes between Stallone's beefcake bull in a china shop and the delicate figurines he kept knocking over. The more Stallone behaved just as the audience expected, the better the scenes played.
But casting the other parts was crucial, and thereby hangs a career tale. The main comic foil to Stallone's one-man wrecking crew was a female cop from the future named Lenina Huxley (the very name is an obscure literary joke), and after a single's day shooting, the actress initially cast to play her, Lori Petty, wasn't working out. With production already underway, the part was recast with a then-little-known actress named Sandra Bullock, who proceeded to steal the picture not only from Stallone but even from a hyperkinetic Wesley Snipes playing the cheerfully psychotic bad guy, Simon Phoenix, with a peroxide 'do that was memorable enough to inspire basketball star Dennis Rodman to copy it. Snipes's wild hair and wilder behavior were all in vain. You walked out of the theater remembering Bullock and wondering, "Who was that?" Eighteen years later, it's still one of her funniest roles.
La Note Globale : ?/20
16 Août 2011