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.
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.
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
Operazione low-budget all'insegna delle più ruffiane istanze vintage: un incrocio fra Mad Max e il primo Peter Jackson, pieno di ironia, effettacci sanguinolenti della vecchia scuola ed una esagerata (anzi, forse un po' invadente) colonna sonora synthwave. Si ride, ci si diverte e nonostante la palese "retromania" - per dirla alla Simon Reynolds - il tutto rimane godibile e genuino. Niente male.
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.