After a nuclear war, society breaks down into two groups, the evil Euraks and the rebel Federation. A mercenary named Parsifal is hired by the Federation to infiltrate New York City, which is controlled by the Euraks, to rescue the only fertile woman left on Earth.
ReviewThe Italian film industry produced plenty of knockoffs of The Road Warrior and Escape From New York during the early 1980s. Set in the year 2019 no human child has been born for just over 18 years since then and 20 years have passed since the nuclear holocaust that destroyed society and breaking it down into more than one fraction across the world.
The Euraks are mostly a massive Asian fraction of this world that tend to control most of America and their base of operations and controlling NYC ruins in the future… While the Americans Liberation section control Alaska and are planning on leaving. They have an idea of course that to save the human race there is a fertile woman living in NYC somewhere… And like always there are 3 people they send in and they have 72 hours before they leave to find and get out before they leave to their safe zone at a sanctuary.
One thing I have notice is the way Italians always try to capsize on the success of many things to create versions of their own, Example will always be director Joe D’ Ameto’s “Ator” films that where ripping off Conan the barbarian. But Sergio Martino’s film 2019 kind of rips off “Planet of the Apes”….”Escape from New York”….And of course “Star Wars”. But I must say Sergio did an amazing job with his Ideas and the budget at hand.
But alternately the story never lacks with action, violence, Character Development and the way it’s filmed of course. And in all respect this movie is better than “Escape from New York” personally I just liked the idea in this more.
The acting is pretty good with such limited direction and the acting debut of American Actor Michael Sopkiw who would only go on to star in 3 more films after this…But stunningly Michael become a big hit with Asian audiences and the posters of him sold more than the actual film at the time in Japan, Thailand, China ETC. Our other actors are of course Anna Kanakis and well known Italian actor George Eastman. Their performances are pretty solid despite the dubbing that depends on the version you watch.
I am not going to Lie Sergio Martino ideas are bigger than his films and of course the budget at hand. But he manages to get every technical shot in there that he needed and a matter of fact this was the first Italian film to use computer generated imagery for the Holland tunnel ending climax. Though the starting scene showing the ruins of NYC might look a bit out-dated with the miniatures but they still hold up well and their still impressive for its time. Some of the fight scenes are a bit ridicules but entertaining to watch. Some of the car chase scenes are excellent to watch and even better for the ending scene.