Initially created and released under its Italian name Il Giustiziere della terra perduta (translated as “The Executioner of the Lost Earth), Warrior of the Lost Earth was writer-director David Worth’s third film under his own name (by the end of 1983 having made five under the pseudonym Sven Conrad), however Worth himself has claimed it was his directorial debut. Reportedly Worth was flown into Italy and shown a poster for the film and then told to go away and make it. You’d have never guess it!
Due to the popularity of the Mad Max films, the 1980s saw a great number of films trying (and failing) to cash in on the trend and this is no exception. Set in the future after a “radiation war” the world is now under the control ruthless dictatorship of Omega anf their (not so) charismatic leader Donald Pleasence. As is always the case there are some do-gooders fighting to overthrow the regime and they come in the form of the Enlightened Elders, a group of mystics who dress quite unfathomably as if they are living in Ancient Greece. The film begins with a lone motorcyclist riding into focus for what seems like an eternity – didn’t Abbas Kiarostami say something about a character being worth the wait? Well, in this case he would be bang wrong. Frankly, this lead character is
bollocks. The late Robert Ginty, known to NOTA for his role in 80s shitfest The Exterminator, plays The Rider, essentially a Russell Crowe lookalike with an annoying self-aware motorcycle named Einstein, which unsuccessfully attempts to have the charisma of Knight Rider‘s Kit. Einstein is infinitely irritating, perhaps to the point of single-handedly killing the film before it even begins proper. However, at least the bike makes an impression unlike the vapid and ineffectual Ginty – one is informed that one shouldn’t speak ill of the dead but he can’t hear me so fuck him. He was a total poof of an actor.
After violent run-ins with an Omega squadron then later a group of thuggish cyberpunks, The Rider, injured from all the flighting, crashes through the ‘wall of illusion’ and into the hands of the Elders who heal his wounds and inform him that he is the long-prophesised “chosen one” who will help them destroy Omega. And so on and so on.
Essentially this film is dull shit. There is even a twist at the end setting up the possibility of a sequel. However, no sequel ever came nor ever will . . . unless the Boys make it, which they won’t!
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