Movies and Film

It is the Year… – 2019: After the Fall of New York (1983)


Amongst the various Max Max films, Escape from New York’s, The Last Man on Earth’s and other post-apocalyptic fare that would permeate science-fiction cinema are the lower budget, lower tier affairs like 2019: After the Fall of New York. There is no denying that it is in a different class than those aforementioned films, but sometimes trying to make something better despite the means available can turn out to be a good thing and as cheesy as it is, 2019 turns out to be one such movie that profits from that very scenario.

Set in a world where nuclear war has decimated the planet and the population, those who are left have discovered that they are unable to procreate, a possibility that could indeed happen should it ever come to pass. Now humanity is split into factions, trying to hold onto whatever piece of the pie they have managed to grab for themselves. Enter Parsifal as played by Michael Sopkiw, a man given a mission that could mean the future of mankind – if he succeeds.

Though it is ultimately entertaining, one cannot say that this movie even comes near the meaning of masterpiece. There is a lot that is not even close to right, including but not limited to the English dubbing which is atrocious. Watching the film in its original Italian would probably improve things greatly, but even then, the acting is not that great either, though it is serviceable. The story is a good one despite the delivery and seeing Parsifal try and navigate the landscape that is the future, encountering not only the inherent dangers that it represents, but hostile peoples on top of that, gives the film that epic quest type of feel. There are moments where it is silly and some of the characters are ridiculous, but it is inventive and insane and fantastic all at the same time.

When all is said and done, 2019: After the Fall of New York is not a movie to be taken seriously, just one that was made for those looking for a little escapism. There were faults present and there are very few movies free of them, but for sheer entertainment value, this movie delivers and what is better than that?

3 out of 5

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