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Firebird 2015 A.D. (1981)
In one of many unpopular and unsupported policy decisions, the US government of the near future outlaws vehicle petrol in an effort to curb the overuse of limited natural resources - except, of course, for official purposes. There are many renegades who oppose the authorities, and will stop at nothing to allow themselves the freedom of burning around the countryside.
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Nice effects though.
Ok... Let's be honest. It cannot be the best movie but is quite enjoyable. The movie has the potential to develop a great plot for future movies
By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.
Doug McClure was Trampas on The Virginian. This was the highlight of his career. He played a reckless pretty boy. Well, what do you know. He is doing it here again. Except for the fact that this film has no foundation and is about as dull as a movie can be. It's a series of desert races that go nowhere, build no suspense, and when over, don't matter at all. Apparently, there is a gas shortage, but these guys are able to burn gas. When I saw Waterworld, I wondered what the end game was. At least they sort of had one. Nothing doing here.
This movie is included in a documentary "The Worst 50 Movies Ever Made". A synopsis of it is: The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made is a documentary that "celebrates" the kind of cinematic schlock that helped keep Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the air for many seasons. The film consists primarily of clips from some of the films widely considered to be the worst of the worst. ~ Perry Seibert, All Movie Guide A clip from "Firebird 2015 AD" is included with Darren McGavin looking visibly embarrassed saying "Yes, a Burner. I'm a BURNER." 'nuf said.
This is one of those movies that even if you don't agree with the concept, the director does a splendid job of making you think, much like "Unforgiven", in which you are compelled to side with a "murderer or women and children". Here, you are compelled to side with self righteous mechanics of the future. This is extremely difficult since mechanics pretty well control America today. But the writing and directing is very clever. In the future, the government controls gas and motor vehicles. One young man is part of a small family type group that rebels against this and has their own vehicles. He agrees with the government. The girl he is interested in, insists otherwise. Meanwhile, McClure has the catalyst role. He leads some soldiers in the area who are responsible for keeping the regulations. One of the soldiers is an extremely macabre, deranged man. Here again, the film is cleverly drawn to show how the truly dangerous and deranged men are often not the ones who paint their faces, but rather pulling strings. Unlike other movies in this genre, the action is very realistic, and the people react in a way that doesn't make you roll your eyes. They are human and make mistakes. No comically choreographed fight scenes here. This is both a thinking man's piece, and a movie with action. The characters present an upside. One of the best movies of this genre.
Mind you, it does sport some fine Alberta Badlands scenery. Still, I wonder why the creators of this film overlooked a shining opportunity for an approximation of wit. In the fascist America of 14 years hence, private use of petroleum is not allowed. Who enforces this? Why, the DVC, the Department of Vehicle Control, represented by the surly chief, a plainly psychotic lackey, the woman who's secretly sympathetic to the rebels and a couple of other nondescript guys. Did nobody think that instead of the DVC, it should be have been... the DMV?Ponder that, if you're ever bored enough to watch this.