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In a post-apocalyptic underground society ruled by rival religious cults, Dakota is working as an assassin, or "Shepherd" for The Church of Miles. He has been given an assignment to take out a female Shepherd from a rival cult, but balks at completing the task when he sees that his target has a young child. The two assassins and the child all find themselves being hunted down by both cults, and so decided to stick together as they run for their lives. Along the way, they encounter several other strange religious compounds, as well as random thugs living on the outskirts of society.Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This is a little movie with big ideas, even if perhaps some are borrowed. Definitely influenced by the aesthetics of 1991's Total Recall, this 1999 action/sci-fi is set in a post-apocalyptic underground society ruled by rival religious cults. Thomas C Howell is Dakota, an assassin, or "Shepherd" given an assignment to take out a female Shepherd from a rival cult.
This is not a movie without its flaws, the acting isn't the best and some of the effects have dated quite badly now. Roddy Piper is entertaining as a religious cult leader, but his appearances in the movie are sporadic and he doesn't interact with the other lead stars at all during the movie.
The overall production, however, is very impressive on such a shoestring budget. The set design could give bigger movies of the time a run for their money, and David Carradine is also delightfully deranged as the creepy ventriloquist.
This could have been a much more successful movie with some tweaks here and there, but as it stands its still a good point of interest for a 90's low budget retro fix.
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