Directed and written by: Mark Atkins
Starring by: Chloe Farnworth, Cole Parker, John Freeman
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi
When an amnesiac wakes up in a post apocalyptic world ravaged by a rabies type virus, he must band together with a small group of survivors.
Reviewed bymikemdpVote: 7/10
Oh, my stars and garters, I do believe I've got the vapors, honey! I experienced one helluva Asylum movie tonight!
A "Mad Max" mockbuster in name and aesthetic only, this is a kickin' movie about a ragtag group of post-viral-apocalypse humans fighting to survive a plague that has turned everyone else into vampires.
Richard Matheson and Will Smith, put your damn hands down, FFS. Of course it sounds familiar. This is The Asylum, after all.
But unlike usual The Asylum pablum, the filmmakers (credit Asylum go-to guy Mark Atkins, most of whose filmography should be printed on used baby wipes) have somehow managed to tell a compelling story! The twists are not obvious, the actors are not all uniformly bad, and the movie is actually quite entertaining on a level beyond the "so bad it's good" brass ring this negative-10th-rate studio usually reaches for.
Look, it does suffer from usual The Asylum failings -- choppy editing, WTF narrative decisions, actors who appear to have been cast because they happened to be next in line behind the casting director at Burger King.
But they're markedly fewer than usually present in The Asylum films. It's like the studio is slowly recovering from a terrible movie disease.
And so, I am glad to report to you that "Road Wars" is a hoot. An absolute hootenanny of cool cars, zombie vampires and plucky protagonists, all filmed in the desert through a camera filter that makes everything orange. That works, too, surprisingly.
The cars are great. The vampires are great. The story works. There's tension. There's drama. There's surprises. This is a The Asylum film, and the story actually is coherent and compelling! Seriously, I'm gonna play the lottery tomorrow, because I can't believe my run of luck here.
Somehow, mixing "Mad Max" with "I Am Legend" was a heavenly Reese's chocolate-and-peanut-butter match. It's astounding how well this movie works, and how much fun it is.
Check it out. Seriously.
Reviewed byzwolfVote: 6/10
Obvious attempt to cash in on Fury Road, and it's from Asylum, so you know to go in with low expectations. But, I'm a fiend for post-apocalypse road war stuff, so I had to give it a chance. And... it was okay. It benefited from low expectations.
The cars are at least good enough to have maybe passed for extras in some of Fury Road's crowd scenes, so there's that. Unfortunately, they don't really get to do much. There's only one real chase scene and it's brief and doesn't entail much except driving around, with no real stunt work. The cover shows lots of vehicles and explosions. You get about five or six cars, and no explosions. As for the driving scenes, director's never going to be confused with George Miller.
Plot-wise it's Mad Max cross-pollinated with I Am Legend. Society's broken down and the few survivors and scavenging for everything. Gasoline seems to be more plentiful than water, though, since petrol's the one thing they don't seem to fret about much. A lot of people have become victims of a "vampire virus" and, since they luckily have a biochemist on their team, they're trying to work on a cure. One guy who may be immune shows up; the filmmakers are so desperate to make him seem like Mad Max that he has an Aussie accent, and they even have him wearing a black leather jacket with one shoulderpad.
Their big problem is they're running out of ammunition to fight off the nightly attacks from vampires, and to look for more they'd have to leave the only known source of water. Mostly they sit around talking about this, when you'd rather they were driving. It's not really that difficult to make one of these movies more satisfying -- just get decent-looking cars (which they did) and show them driving around a lot (which they didn't).
So, it's not very good, but it's still better than most of the Italian Road Warrior ripoffs that swarmed the video stores back in the days of VHS, so, I cut it some slack. Production values aren't bad, the survivors looked suitably skangy, and the acting's not great but isn't painful, either. And the plot's not compelling, but there is one and it's not overly clumsy. It's an okay way to kill 90 minutes as long as you're not expecting too much. Better than most Asylum films, but that's damning with faint praise.
Reviewed byChris Mackey (guestar57)Vote: 6/10
It's not a horrible flick,Yes,Derivative of a '70s genre and playing those Mockbuster games with a Aussie ? sounding doppelganger of a lead actor. The cars are very cool and for not being cgi OR in a video game,They do awesome things on screen. Liked the other lead John Freeman, He has a Robert Rusler look and was a rodeo cowboy so comes with that rugged look of Post Apocalypse naturally. Wish they didn't use The Zombie cheat/cheap shot,Because then you sprinkle your screen with Walking Dead almost cast. One accolade to Mark Atkins, You did it all buddy,And that is a impressive feat,No matter the results.