Reviewed byn-hungnessVote: 9/10/10
This movie, though often described as a low budget Mad Max or RoadWarrior movie, is more comparable to Wheels of Fire. It is low budgetpleasure that features silly or nonexistent acting, crazy choreography,and a wonderful cast of actors and actresses you've probably neverheard of. Yet, this little gem is downright action packed fun, 1980sstyle! The movie is set in a futuristic post-holocaust world that islargely made up of desert, dunes and rocky hills. The largest and mostprecious commodity in this world is water, and those in control ofwater sources control the most power. The plot ultimately involves asmall community defending a secluded sanctuary - an underground watersource - from a wicked tribe of Road Warriorish thugs. Lots of crazycar chases, gun-toting warriors, cheap special effects (pyrotechnics),and stiff choreography during the fight scenes.
One fella stands out as the main character, a roguish silent wanderernamed Stryker on a personal mission. He's a satisfying lead, meetingevery cliché of the strong silent type. His dialogue is scarce, and hisability to express emotion comes across as forced. But he's extremelysuitable for his role, however, given the handful of actors and actresshe is working with in this movie. If you're not fond of the strongsilent lead, you have a host of typically attractive 1980s femaledesert warriors, some donned in what appears to be football shoulderpads (sorta like Road Warrior). The main villain, unfortunately, nevergets any sort of identity, not even to the point of cliché. He's just amean thug who can't talk without sounding like he has a mouth full ofmarbles. The movie tries to build him up as someone foul enough to peakStryker's persistent and stubborn indifference, yet, as a movievillain, he simply fails to impress the viewer as a credible threat tosomeone as collected and methodical as Stryker.
I rate this movie 9 out of 10 because for a low budget flick, it packsa lot of action, shoot outs, and car chases. One serious drawback tothe movie, however, is the extremely boring set - desert. Probably 95%of the film was shot outdoors in what appears to be nothing but desertsand dunes. After watching this setting for about 5 minutes, the moviegets very claustrophobic and you get the distinct impression that allthe different filming locations were done within a 5-minute walk ofeach other. But the movie is really a little unpolished gem. You haveto love low budget antics to give this movie an entire viewing. It'sone of those movies you'll either love or shut off after the first fiveminutes.
This movie is rated R for violence and nudity.
Reviewed byBloodTheTelepathicDogVote: 5/10/10
Where is the dialogue? There are periods in this film when no onespeaks for like five minutes. I can't get over how bad this film is,but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.
I bought it .75 cents on EBay, and was surprised how entertaining itwas. This film has a certain comic book feel to it, although it borrowsthe same premise from Mad Max.
Steve Sandor, the hero, is a big dude and handles the role well, butWilliam Ostrander of Red Heat outshines him. The villains were alllaughable, and you knew Sandor would have little trouble defeating themThe flashback scenes were the worst I have ever seen.
A must have for the "It's so bad it's good crowd."
Reviewed byZbigniew_KrycsiwikiVote: 3/10/10
It's the desert (well, actually, it's a gravel pit in the Philippinesmasquerading as the desert)
They're fighting over water.
End of story.
Once you get past the fighting over what appears to be only a fewgallons of water, the plot of this post apocalyptic grindhouse flickbecomes nonexistent, as entire reels of film go by with either not muchhappening, or several lengthy car chases and explosions and shootouts.Most of the characters here are never even given names, let alone do weever find out anything about them. It's also rather difficult to learnanything about the characters when there is hardly any dialogue to thefilm.
Good looking girls in shorts, and good action in the first half hourand at the climax are about all this has going for it. Its climacticbattle between the Chuck Norris lookalike leader of one tribe, aided bythe Keebler elves, against the other tribe led by one-handed AntonLaVey lookalike was reasonably exciting and well done, but it's a LONGwait for it. If you can turn your mind off and just enjoy the actionscenes, this movie might be more watchable for that and the goodlooking half nude girls, but if you want more than that, lookelsewhere. I'm also a fan of William/ Bill Ostrander, so I wasdisappointed by his somewhat small role in the film, and by the factthat his voice was apparently dubbed for his few lines. Also, thismovie looks like it was filmed a year or two prior to its release, asOstrander looks noticeably younger than he did in Christine, which wasreleased only three months after this.
The world's water supply has dried up due to some sort of apocalypse. A beautiful woman holds the secret to where one of the last springs being guarded by a group of Amazons. A "Road Warrior" like crew captures her and tries to make her talk through brutal torture. The hero (Styrker) unites with some of the remaining "good guys" and the Amazons and frees the woman. They go on to a "Road Warrior" type of concluding battle with the bad guys.