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A Mad Max-esque post apocalyptic world provides the backdrop for a brutal, futuristic game resembling football. Rutger Hauer plays a disgraced former star leading a rag tag group of "Juggers" to one of the remaining Nine Cities for glory and redemption Written by
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Lord Vile, I've broken Juggers in half, smashed their bones, left the ground behind me wet with brains. There's nothing I wouldn't do to win. But I never hurt anyone for any reason other than sticking a dog's skull on a stake.
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The Blood of Heroes is a reasonably good B-level action movie with a great cast and an interesting premise. Set after the apocalypse, it follows the exploits of a team of wandering Juggers-a post-apocalyptic team game with elements of rugby and football. At the behest of a new member, they set out for an underground city in order to try their luck with a team of professional juggers.
What makes the film so fun is its combination of sports film clichés and a Mad Max style setting. Although none of the individual plot elements is particularly original, they are brought together in a new and interesting way. Adding to the enjoyment factor is the skilled cast, who make this film a cut above what is typical for the genre.
At times, the film does slip into silliness. (The villain is named Lord Vile for crying out loud!) Nevertheless, it is definitely a good rent for Saturday nights when there is nothing on TV.
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