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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 21-OCT-2003
Media Type: DVD
From the Back Cover
Director Brian Trenchard-Smith ("Escape 2000," "The Man From Hong Kong") and co-writer Peter Carey (the award-winning novelist whose works include "Oscar and Lucinda" and "Bliss")pack this '80s Australian thriller with a potent mix of social metaphor, explosive action and gratuitous nudity for one of the most intriguing Down Under cult hits of the decade.
Top Customer Reviews
Here's the scoop. The world is breaking down. Economic ruin is everywhere. Punk thugs are taking over the streets and towing companies fight over the rights to tow freshly crashed vehicles. Our hero borrows his brother's car to take his gal to a drive in movie. While they're there the cops steal two of his wheels. He now finds he can't leave and this place actually turns out to be a kind of concentration camp where the inmates spend their days primping, getting high and watching earlier Brian Trenchard Smith movies.
This is more than a bit strange. It seems to deal with much of what must have been happening in Australia at the time. Part deals with the car culture and it's subsequent body count. Then there are the disenfranchised youth. All the inmates in this camp are punked out with spiked Mohawks, way over the top make-up and clothes. Then they bring in the fear of foreigners aspect. As Asians are trucked into the camp the inmates shout "No Asians." Funny they would feel the need to be politically correct while shouting at those they both fear and loathe. There is also a conspiracy side to this. The theatre owner tracks all inmates on a computer and the officials bring in drugs, a' la the CIA, to keep everybody happy and in line.
This is certainly directed much better than 'Escape 2000' but it still has some major screw-ups. At the climax, our hero does something so unbelievably stupid it boggles the mind.Read more ›
8/10 on the Drive-in-Freak-O-Meter...ya just gotta check this out!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brian Trenchard Smith is the consummate pro on this production. Action galore! For those who never experienced the atmosphere of the drive in, this picture can stand in for you. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E+1
I did want to like it more, I really tried. This Australian movie from 1996 is confusing to me. This takes place in some post apocalyptic future a la mad Max, kind of, a couple... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Russell S
Love this movie, great condition tape and box too. This movie always makes me want to jog through an apocalyptic wasteland while shadowboxing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nicholas Panico
This is one of my favorite action/horror/sci-fi films! I really enjoyed watching it. I give this a 10 star rating.Published 23 months ago by tom
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