After a nuclear holocaust, earth’s water supply is decimated. A small group of survivors attempt to locate a well in order to replenish their dwindling reserves amidst a war-torn wasteland terrorized by a group of sadistic bandits.
This Italian/Spanish ripoff of The Road Warrior leaves a lot to be desired. Director Giuliano Carnimeo (The Case of the Bloody Iris, Rat Man) takes a well-worn concept and proves how formulaic it truly can be. What Exterminators of the Year 3000 lacks in ingenuity it does redeem itself slightly with plenty of explosive action, car chases, insane stunts, and unequivocally horrible dialogue stemming from writers with a poor grasp of English that purportedly refused to let the actors change no matter how ridiculous sounding. Regrettably the film is mired in mediocrity, plodding along at a snail’s pace and refusing to allow the viewer any succor via sex and/or violence. In fact, unlike many of the European post-apocalyptic flicks that preceded it, Exterminators of the Year 3000 doesn’t have a hint of ladyflesh in sight, and what violence there is remains mostly bloodless and disappointingly abrupt.
The inclusion of Luciano Pigozzi (All the Colors of the Dark, Strike Commando) is a sight for bored eyes, looking like some kind of dystopian El Duce as the local recluse with an aptitude for techno-cobbling. Also of note is that annoying kid from City of the Living Dead and Cannibal Apocalypse (Luca Venantini) who plays – what else – an annoying kid (with a hamster jammed in his pocket) and genre stalwart Fernando Bilbao (Drácula Contra Frankenstein, The Whip and the Body) as Crazy Bull – the leader of the desert marauders (This guy’s lines are beyond preposterous).
Amusing cast aside, we’re left with a bland tale of a ramshackle convoy in search of water, and a bunch of thugs tearing around basically being dicks. Add in a tough-as-nails drifter in a fancy battle car (Robert Iannucci) who runs afoul of the dastardly gang and a encounters his female love interest/antagonist (Alicia Moro; Slugs) from the past… you get the picture. Imagine if Death Race 2000 occurred during The Road Warrior and you’ll have a pretty good understanding of what to expect in terms of quality/campiness.
If you have a hard-on for cars smashing into each other or people wandering desert locales with chapped lips, Exterminators of the Year 3000 might be right up your alley. If you’re just looking for some decent Euro action fare with a post-apocalyptic slant, try 1990: Bronx Warriors or 2019: After the Fall of New York instead.
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