A poverty-stricken MAD MAX retread from Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures, WELCOME TO OBLIVION is set in 2058, after a nuclear war has reduced the Atlantic seaboard to a radioactive wasteland called Oblivion.
The requisite greedy Company sends tough "normal" (that is, radiation free) Kenner (Dack Rambo) there, reluctantly accompanied by the boss's son, Lazarus (Ramsay Ross), and his latest girlfriend, Sheila (Emily Kreimer), to secure zirconium mining rights, the mineral needed for bombs to repel an
enemy alien threat. The trio is ambushed by Oblivion's cruel dictator, the Bishop (Orlando Sacha), and forced into slavery along with genetic mutant nomads called "Mutties," one of whom, a spunky fighter named Grace (Clare Beresford) Kenner soon falls in love with. Kenner wins a gladitorial
contest (reminiscent of the one in MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME) and organizes the Mutties into an armed mutiny, along the way dispatching Elijah (Meshach Taylor), a turncoat Muttie who's been reporting to the Bishop. His army defeated in the last-reel battle, the Bishop reveals his true identity as
an alien before self-destructing.
Legendary B-man Corman's 1980s-spawned Concorde Pictures specializes in extremely low budget movies released to video and cable TV, completely bypassing theatrical exhibition. Although he serves as executive producer on all of them, Corman seldom takes a screen credit, with good reason: these
pictures are technically ragtag, derivative of other, better known films and just plain awful. (Most of his efforts, for Filmgroup and New World, from the 1950s through the 1970s were similarly technically threadbare, but they were also fun and often stylish.) If ULTRAWARRIOR is not the bottom of
the barrel, it's certainly scraping wood, its badness turning it into unintentional parody.
For starters, Len Jenkin and Dan Kleinman's screenplay is a tired amalgam of Mad Max cliches, and its nearly nonstop action drags along boringly under director Augusto Tamayo. The special effects, with lots of stock footage from previous Corman films, are poor, as is the make-up. The acting is
uniformly comatose; stars Dack Rambo (HIT LADY, RIVER OF DIAMONDS), Clare Beresford and Meshach Taylor (the MANNEQUIN films, TV's "Designing Women") barely register their characters.
Producer Luis Llosa (HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN, FULL FATHOM FIVE and others, all for Concorde) shot this movie in Peru, of all places, and, with its 1990 copyright, it came out briefly in 1991 on video as WELCOME TO OBLIVION. Someone named Kevin Tent then appeared, apparently rearranged some things and
cut some fifteen minutes (he receives a co-director credit for his efforts), with the result now entitled ULTRAWARRIOR. (Violence, profanity, nudity.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: R
- Review: A poverty-stricken MAD MAX retread from Roger Corman's Concorde Pictures, WELCOME TO OBLIVION is set in 2058, after a nuclear war has reduced the Atlantic seaboard to a radioactive wasteland called Oblivion. The requisite greedy Company sends tough "norma… (more)