The scene in Rocky where Sylvester Stallone is running up the stairs in training and preparation for a big fight as the ‘Gonna Fly Now’ theme song blares in the background is such an iconic scene in Stallone’s career. However, the Rocky franchise isn’t the only movie that Stallone has enjoyed making and being a part of. Besides Rocky, the actor was part of various other projects during his career so far. And one of his favorite films to be a part of was Demolition Man, which was released in 1993. The actor has recently publicly defended this film and stated how it was a movie he always enjoyed being a part of.
You can see Sylvester Stallone’s post about the movie, and his comments in the caption, below.
In a recent Instagram post, Sylvester Stallone uploaded a photo of his character, John Spartan from Demolition Man. Underneath the photo of the character, there seems to be a snippet of a quote from a past review of the film. The partial review states how the movie was viewed as a “stupid action flick,” but the film was actually just simply ahead of its time. Stallone also added his own caption to the post to express that Demolition Man deserves a lot more credit.
Sylvester Stallone said that the movie was way ahead of its time, which might have been the reason for the lack of praise from critics at its initial release. The review also stated, “…it smartly predicted and joked about political correctness, toxic masculinity, racial bias, the hysteria around cancel culture, and even more.” The film was directed by Marco Bramilla and the screenplay was written by Daniel Waters, Robert Reneau, and Peter M. Lenkov. Besides the incredible writing for its time, what else could make this film one of Stallone’s favorites?
The film actually takes place in the future in the year 2032, in a world where crime no longer exists, according to ScreenRant. At the time, since the film was set in the future, it was labeled as a sci-fi action movie. In 1996, Stallone’s character was cryogenically frozen, and then thawed out for a hearing in 2032. Having been a police officer in the past, Stallone is tasked to capture an evil crime lord. The film has a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 62%, and had a decent box office draw. The budget of the film was between $45-$77 million and received almost $160 million in the box office. So, in other words, the film grabbed an audience.
However, that didn’t mean all audiences and critics enjoyed Demolition Man. Due to the level of satire and jokes in the movie, some critics didn’t fully understand what the film was aiming for. But, if watching the film today, it seems there could be a greater understanding of the screenplay.
The actor believes Demolition Man was not only fun to be a part of, but the story itself deserves more credit. Sylvester Stallone has been in a number of various projects, from the Rambo franchise to being involved in a new series titled Kansas City, which comes from the creators of the successful drama show, Yellowstone. Stallone continues to make an impact with his career, and there is more yet to come.