In a post-atomic world of ferocious fighting between rival groups, the unceasing action reigns supreme, as does the entertainment
When it comes to post-apocalyptic cinema, it goes without saying that the Mad Max series and Escape From New York are fixed reference points, and specifically with regards this film a healthy dose of The Warriors. However, if you are going to shoot a dystopian future in the countryside outside of Rome and your budget permits little more than a few already half-destroyed cars and some sheets of Plexiglas, then it makes no sense trying to compete on the same playing field as the Americans. Castellari, intelligent man of cinema that he is, instead focuses on rhythm, bombarding us with one action sequence after another to take our breath away. And he doesn’t hold back from even the most blatant of exaggerations (shoot an arrow and a mushroom cloud explodes). All with an overwhelming sense of amusement; because that’s also part of the fun.
The year is 2019. On a planet Earth devastated by nuclear war, the survivors fight for supremacy. Skorpion, the leader of a group of mutants, is engaged in a no-holds-barred struggle with bitter rival One, the leader of the cruel Templars. A duel between the two will decide the fate of the world.