It's another post-nuclear holocaust action film from Italy, with nothing special to distinguish it from dozens of others. In this particular survivor society, those uncontaminated by radiation have set themselves up as "privileged," living in protected cities, while the contaminated are
declared "target material" and are hunted down for sport. Eighty million are killed before the supply runs out. By now, though, the very privileged enjoy the hunt too much to let the a paucity of game stop them, so they use the judicial system to declare new citizens "target material" and ship
them out to game preserves to be hunted down. Mang is a cybernetics engineer who discovers the truth about the hunt. When he tries to go to the authorities with what he has discovered, he is stripped of his privileges and put him on a subway train for the game preserve. There, some idle-rich types
lounge around Costa's chateau before going out to massacre the latest shipment of quarry. Mang and a young woman escape the general massacre but are soon captured, Mang being tied to a jeep while the woman is raped and murdered. Then Mang is set free to be hunted by Costa and Muller, who have
wagered a valuable white rifle on who can kill Mang first. Costa spots Mang climbing up a tree and shoots him, but he falls in the river and is swept away. He wakes up in Strode's house; and after Mang proves his mettle in a raid on a food supply, Strode (a former cop who turned in his badge in
disgust) begins training him to go back to the chateau to get "justice." After a period of training (comprising such exercises as crawling through pipes filled with broken glass and barbed wire, for example, and running through racks of swinging sandbags), Strode pronounces Mang ready. He gives
Mang his pistol and his last bullet, and Mang heads back to the chateau to dispatch minor characters with little difficulty until finally just Costa and Muller remain. Mang uses the bullet on Muller, but Costa gets the drop on him and is about to kill him. Just in the nick of time, Strode turns up
to shoot her dead. The two men decide to team up to fight for justice, setting up a sequel that appears unlikely. Very little of interest here except to diehard fans of Italian science fiction and those who marvel that Strode, well intohis seventies, is still playing tough guys in films.
On nearly every count the film is a waste of time and money. There is never any suspense, and the audience never gets to know any of the characters, neither sympathizing with Mang nor disliking his victims. There are no special effects, the film has no particular style, and the script doesn't have
even one good line. This film also falls into that class of films in which the people a century into the future drive amazingly well-preserved Detroit muscle cars from the 1960s, unless they ride 1980s Moto Guzzi motorcycles. Only Strode redeems the film, impressively trouncing thugs a good
half-century younger than himself. Shot in 1983, the film is not so relentlessly, aggressively stupid as others of the genre, but there is nothing to make this straight-to-video release anything more than just a way to kill an hour and a half.
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- Released: 1983
- Rating: NR
- Review: It's another post-nuclear holocaust action film from Italy, with nothing special to distinguish it from dozens of others. In this particular survivor society, those uncontaminated by radiation have set themselves up as "privileged," living in protected cit… (more)