Warlords of the 21st Century (1982)

Warlords of the 21st Century (1982)
aka Battletruck
Article 6042 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 2-2-2022
Directed by Harley Cokeliss
Featuring Michael Beck, Annie McEnroe, James Wainwright
Country: New Zealand
What it is: Driving on retreads

It’s after the apocalypse. A motorcycle-driving loner finds himself mixed up with a woman on the run, a democratic commune, and a violent military dictator who tools around the wasteland in a big armored truck.

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this is your basic low-budget variation of THE ROAD WARRIOR lacking George Miller’s wit and style. For the record, it’s competently mounted, has one (minor) surprise in the story, and is watchable enough to get by, though I would hardly call it inspired. Like DAMNATION ALLEY, the most impressive thing about this one is the armored truck, which is probably the only thing that may stick in your mind a few days after watching it.


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