I have recently watched this Exciting action, Science fiction film again. It starts In 1996, when a psychopathic criminal Simon Phoenix kidnaps a number of hostages and takes refuge with his gang in an abandoned building. LAPD Sgt. John Spartan leads an assault to capture Phoenix. However Phoenix sets off a series of explosives that destroy the building and The corpses of the hostages are found in the rubble. This leads to the arrest of Spartan for manslaughter and he is incarcerated along with Phoenix in the city’s new “California Cryo-Penitentiary”, where they are cryogenically frozen and exposed to subconscious rehabilitation techniques.
During their incarceration, the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara are merged into a single metropolis under the name San Angeles. The city becomes a utopia run under the pseudo-pacifist guidance and control of the evangelistic Dr. Raymond Cocteau, where human behavior is tightly controlled. In 2032, Phoenix is thawed for a parole hearing. However he escapes the prison. The police, having not dealt with violent crime for many years, are unable to handle Phoenix. Lt. Lenina Huxley suggests that Spartan – the police officer who caught Phoenix – be revived and reinstated to the force to help them stop him again.
So Spartan, having spent 36 years in cryo-stasis until now, is thawed, reinstated, and assigned to Lieutenant Lenina Huxley. Spartan finds the future depressing and oppressive while Others on the police force find his behavior brutish and uncivilized, and Huxley, though fascinated by the lifestyles of the late 20th century, is also disgusted by some of Spartan’s behaviour.
Meanwhile Six officers are killed by Phoenix during his escape. Spartan eventually confronts Phoenix at the local museum where he has raided a weapon exhibition to arm himself. However Phoenix manages to escape and encounters Dr. Cocteau who asks Him to assassinate Edgar Friendly, the leader of the resistance group called the Scraps which fight against Cocteau’s rule, and he allows Phoenix to bring other criminals out of cryo-sleep to help.
At the Scraps’ underground base, Spartan discovers that the Scraps are in fact all homeless and starving people who have rejected Dr. Cocteau’s oppressive vision of an ideal society. Spartan warns Friendly of the threat from Phoenix and his gang who subsequently attack, Spartan pursues Phoenix. However once again Phoenix escapes, so Spartan seeks help from the Scraps as they emerge in force to get food. Phoenix returns to kill Dr. Cocteau with his gang Then goes back to the CryoPrison and begin to thaw out the most dangerous convicts. So Spartan enters the prison to prevent Phoenix releasing the most dangerous criminals from cryogenic suspension in an explosive and exciting showdown.