Warlords Of The Twenty-first Century

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  1. miketardis

    miketardis Sophomore Member

    WARLORDS OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (1982)
    Directed by Harley Cokliss. Stars Michael Beck, Annie McEnroe, James Wainwright. Originally released as BATTLETRUCK (or at least reviewed in VARIETY under that title), this New Zealand production is basically the same movie as THE ROAD WARRIOR, but with less action, less money and a lesser star. American character actor Wainwright (JIGSAW) is Straker, despotic leader of a band of raiders who conquer the land using a massive, invulnerable land cruiser armed with weaponry. Beck, who flunked out of the movie star ranks after XANADU, MEGAFORCE and this, is Hunter, a typical loner with a bad ass motorcycle that runs on methane created from chicken guano. Straker’s struggle to communicate with his runaway daughter (McEnroe) helps to humanize the character, and Wainwright does a good job carrying the picture. Cokliss’ action scenes are effective (Buddy Joe Hooker was the stunt coordinator and 2nd unit director), but the movie needs more of them. Chris Menges (THE KILLING FIELDS) was Cokliss’ cinematographer, and future director Lee Tamahori (DIE ANOTHER DAY) was the boom operator. Also with Bruno Lawrence and John Ratzenberger (CHEERS). Kevin Peak’s score is not good.
     

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