Saturday, 6 May 2017

2019: After The Fall of New York

2019: After The Fall Of New York
1983, Italy/France
dir. Sergio Martino
Cast: Michael Sopkiw, Anna Kanakis, George Eastman

"They baked The Big Apple!"
The human race has been rendered infertile following a nuclear war between The Pan American Confederation and The Eurax. A lone warrior is recruited to infiltrate the Eurax occupied ruins of New York to retrieve the last fertile woman on Earth, so she can be shipped off on a rocket to repopulate a new planet humans haven't made a mess of yet.
Probably the best of the cycle of Italian post-apocalypse movies that followed the success of Mad Max & Escape From New York in the early 1980s, 2019 benefits from a slightly higher budget that allowed a bit of model work, bigger cast and more locations. A gleeful rip-off of Mad Max, EFNY, The Warriors, Planet Of The Apes and even Star Wars, it has pretty much everything you'd want in a PA action flick- road warriors, rat eating savages, fascist villains, a tribe of dwarves living in the ruins of the UN building, George Eastman as a randy apeman inseminating the last fertile woman on the planet, a killer cyborg who looks like Father Ted, plus in Michael Sopkiw, a pound shop Kurt Russell. He was a professional sailor who turned to acting after being banned from boats because he was prosecuted for drug smuggling, and starred in a handful of Italian exploitation films. Through in a seasoning of gore (including a ludicrous multiple decapitation scene), and you've got a massively entertaining film.

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