It’s 1997. In a ruined post-apocalyptic world, the orphaned Kid survives on his own through drought-ridden nuclear winter, traversing the Wasteland on his BMX, scavenging for scraps to trade for a scant supply of water…
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Sure you can call it post-ironic, post-satiric, or just straight up demonize it for the further infantization of a generation. It would be a de-service to such a sweet, charming, and yes at times even disarming film. Despite the gore and violence it still feels like it was a made for children in mind. Even it is a throwback, the film contains the real darkness of the world/life that rarely shows up anymore
I miss BMXing with my sister when we were lil'kids. Miss being a kid, playing outside until the sun went down. Mostly I miss mid to late 80's & I miss Baaaad the NINETIES. Miss making friends just that easily, off the streets. Loved the Gnome-stick and her kick-ass 101 lessons> too cute for words. Hardass Cowboy-guy?Mix of Plissken, Dirty Harry,John Wayne & James Woods.Kavinsky-SebastiAn-M83ish score?♥(Adorable ad∞)
Remember all those cheesy post apocalyptic films of the eighties? These filmmakers certainly do with this tongue firmly in cheek homage set in a future world of 1997! The deliberate cheesiness of the visual motif and performance makes for sublime entertainment right down to the opening power ballad. Best in show however must be young Laurence Leboeuf as the pleasure bot. Homemade Quebecois genre entertainment.
If anything, movies like "Grindhouse" have taught us that intentionally trying to make a 'so bad, it's good' movie is an effort doomed to failure, as modern day irony is no much for the sheer earnestness of something like "Miami Connection." Here we have the makings of a fun short film needlessly stretched to feature length, and a kid's film naivety awkwardly saddled with early Peter Jackson levels of violence.
Reminds me of Richard Stanley's HARDWARE: peppered with fun moments but as a whole unsatisfying. The costumes are great, the 2 leads captivating, & the cheap gore is used creatively. Sadly, the story is too standard to be exciting or very interesting (though the replacement of crazy, Mad Max cars with colorful BMX bikes is refreshing). At times the pulsing synth soundtrack feels like it's compensating for something.
I´ll give this a light three out of five. While the movie wears its' heart and inspiration on its' sleeve I felt there was something missing. The story is where things falter in my opinion since the script is not strong enough to warrant a 90 min running time. The music and production design was spot on but the acting and characters were too sketchy ofr me. Still a fun but flawed flick.