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During the height of the Vietnam war, a hippie and a draft dodger get together and hatch a plan to flee to Canada. They steal a car and head towards Vancouver, but the trip doesn't go as smoothly as they planned, and before long they're being chased by the police, accused of murdering several police officers. Written by
It's 1969, and after fleeing to Canada, an emotionally disturbed draft evader teams up with a young hippie (also a draft dodger), and where the duo goes, trouble follows.
The film's shoestring budget is glaringly apparent throughout. Bad sound. Bad lighting. Cheap, washed out film stock. Atrocious direction. Over-the-top acting. Gordon Thomson is painfully wooden as the central character, Alan Evans, who flees to Canada to avoid the draft. Don Stroud provides the film's only believable performance as Richie Kovacs, Evans' fellow draft dodger and hippie sidekick.
Underscoring The Blast's flaws is its syrupy, melodramatic music score, which smacks of the earliest days of soap opera. Criticism aside, the film's most redeeming features are a surprisingly interesting storyline, as well the use of a variety of stunning British Columbia locations.
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