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Summary: Authorities brutally quarantine a country as it succumbs to fear and chaos when a virus strikes. The literal walling-off works for three decades until the dreaded Reaper virus violently resurfaces in a major city. An elite group of specialists is urgently dispatched into the still-quarantined country to retrieve a cure by any means possible.
A grindhouse homage to countless post-apocalyptic films that manages to remain extremely enjoyable throughout. Story-wise the film is all over the place and the plot doesn't bear thinking about but it's still a tremendously fun comedy. And if after watching a man get beaten to death with a pheasant, and a maniac in a car made from human skin, you didn't realise this was a comedy then you're beyond saving.
Imagine Escape from LA performed by the Cirque du "Sol"eil (see what I did there?) featuring a punked out Craig Conway shaking his booty to "Good Thing" by the Fine Young "Cannibals" (see what they did there?). Now picture a renaissance faire complete with a fiberglass castle, Malcolm McDowell, AND a wizened scribe to boot. What is that I hear? The soft whisperings of a 'w'? The tintinnabulations of a 't'? The fleeting flatulence of an 'f'? Yes, I know what that spells. Doomsday.
Go take a look at the movies this pays homage to and you'll find that they're built on atmosphere and tension, not action scenes. I really do appreciate the gesture but I'd appreciate a real movie more; you can't just build on other movies and expect your movie to be good because of it.
See this, Mr Tarantino, is how to make a homage that doesn't bore the pants off people. Willfully silly and I like it for that. Extra marks for driving a Bentley through a bus and doing the Michael Bay shot at the same time.
Ok, I'm gonna be weird here and say I actually liked this movie. Don't get me wrong, I shouldn't - it's bad. It cribs from a dozen better movies, is dissapointing coming from Marshall, and is all around ridiculous and silly. BUT, the movies it rips off actually make it feel more like an homage than a plagiarism, and the mashup of them somehow works. I really liked how half the outcasts went Mad Max and the other half went King Arthur.Not a movie to take seriously, but fuck it, its kinda fun.
Mix of "Escape from New York" with dash of "Mad Max" and some "Resident Evil". Oh, and it goes medieval too. Sounds like someones wet dream, but doesn't even qualify to be 'so bad it's good'. But I guess it could work with lots of booze and a good mood.
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