In a polluted future Venice researchers work to improve the situation. One day, unknown forces start killing them. A team of soldiers and a couple of civilians is sent to investigate. Soon, they encounter strange murderous creatures.
In the year 3000, the Earth has turned into a desert after nuclear war. A group of survivors runs out of water, so they need to search for the valuable water, but it will not be easy because other group also wants to get it at any cost.
In the vein of CONAN THE BARBARIAN and Lucio Fulci's CONQUEST comes a tale of mythology and magic, of how THOR, a legendary god, triumphs over overwhelming odds to great victory and the ... See full summary »
With the name Tonino Ricci connected to this, one could be quite forgiven for initially fleeing in horror at the very prospect of sitting through it in its entirety.
Ricci is widely considered to be one of if not THE most consistently inept director working in the Italian film business and has the ignominy of boasting a long list of inane and poorly made action films to his name.
Having viewed a fair few of these undistinguished titles I would certainly concede that the allegations made against Ricci are mostly well founded; His works are generally mind numbing affairs containing lacklustre action and poor acting in addition to the conspicuous absence of anything remotely resembling plotting.
It was with this somewhat ominous factor in the back of my mind that I sat down to view the film in question here which stars Ricci regular Luigi Mezzanotte (billed here as he very often is as Conrad Nichols)
And my verdict? Well, much to my pleasant surprise it actually wasn't half bad.
OK so it's admittedly no masterpiece, it's obviously been shot on the cheap, the acting is hardly stellar and it's been entirely overdubbed throughout (despite the fact that the actors are clearly speaking in English beneath the dub anyway!!!) In fact this is unmistakably a Ricci made film, comprising a typically aimless storyline with plenty of his trademark padding to bump up the movies running time (in this case comprising our protagonists driving incessantly around in a jeep for most of the movies duration) But .much like the same director's Thor The Conqueror (again starring Nichols) and despite its many flaws, this actually proves to be quite a watchable affair.
The post nuclear war story has Nichols, who stars as Captain Strike (what a cool name!), code name: Rage (what an even cooler name!!!) being hired by a group of fellow survivors (including Italian B-movie regular Werner Pochath) to obtain a stash of uranium which they desperately require in order to power their generators in this hostile and baron world. Rage reluctantly agrees to undertake the mission but the path turns out to be fraught with danger as he and his small group face various perils along the way in addition to being pursued by an old enemy named Slash (no, not the former Guns & Roses guitarist!) Cue some fairly decent action sequences and a surprisingly happy albeit sloppily conceived ending and you have an undemanding and mildly enjoyable watch for 90 or so minutes.
I must make special note of two things here which certainly up'ed the rating I have awarded this: One is an absolutely hilarious scene in which our hero's are beset by some radiation infected mutants. How is this hilarious you may well ask? Well as Rage is giving the attackers a jolly good beat down we are treated to what must surely rank as some of the most bizarrely inappropriate music ever put to any scene in any film ever! The sensation of watching a violent sequence backed by some incredibly 'happy' sounding music proves to be almost surreal and had me in absolute hysterics.
The second point of special interest, and forgive me if this sounds at all sexist, but the female lead in this is a MAJOR HOTTIE!!!! Not only that, she dresses in tight denim shorts and a revealing vest for most of the movies running time! WHOA!!!
Ahem ..anyway to summarise, the film is certainly worth checking out if you have a fondness for the post nuke genre and is without doubt one of the more dignified highlights of its directors much maligned career.
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