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Endgame - Bronx lotta Finale

Endgame

Italy 1983
produced by
Joe D'Amato (= Aristide Massaccesi) for Filmirage
directed by Steven Benson (= Joe D'Amato = Aristide Massaccesi)
starring Al Cliver, Laura Gemser (as Moira Chen), George Eastman, Dino Conti (as Jack Davis), Hal Yamanouchi, Gabriele Tinti (as Gus Stone), Mario Pedone, Gordon Mitchell, Nello Pazzafini (as Nat Williams), Christopher Walsh, Franco Ukmar, Bobby Rhodes, Alberto Dell'Aqua (as Al Waterman), David Brown, Carlos Alberto Valles, Richard Novak, Pietro Ceccarelli
written by Steven Benson (= Joe D'Amato = Aristide Massaccesi), Aldo Fiori, music by Carlo Maria Cordio, cinematography by Federico Slonisco (= Joe D'Amato = Aristide Massaccesi)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The post-doomsday world of 2025: Shannon (Al Cliver) has found fame and fortune participating in a reality TV-show in which he is the prey of a manhunt that usually ends in the death of the hunters or their game - except for the last time, when Shannon won but refused to kill his final hunter, Karnak (George Eastman), a friend from childhood but now a sworn enemy. Fact is though that Shannon only defeated Karnak thanks to Lilith (Laura Gemser), a telepathic mutant - and in return she asks him to get her and several other mutants like her out of town, where mutants are hunted like animals, and to a rendez-vous point with a helicopter about 200 miles from here that gets them to safety. The catch is though that the road to the rendez vous point leads right through some forbitten zone, and the helicopter will be gone for good in 2 days ...

Shannon collects a bunch of trusted mercenaries (Hal Yamanouchi, Gabriele Tinti, Mario Pedone, Nello Pazzafini) who all want to get their hands on the gold promised for the completion of the mission, and off they go through the forbidden zone by motorbike, jeep and van, and they don't only have to fight the regressive mutants (mutants who have stepped down the evolution ladder to mutate back to ape and fish people) in front of them, but also the army (led by Gordon Mitchell) that's desperate to capture the mutants, because young Tommy (Christopher Walsh), a boy of unparalelled ESP powers that could be used as the ultimate weapon.

Time and again, it looks as if Shannon and company have had it, and all of his mercenaries die one by one - but when it looks like everything is lost, enter Karnak, his old rival from the TV show, who actually saves Shannon's hide more than once. Why? Because he wants to get his hands Shannon was promised for completing his mission ... then he plans to have his final fight with Shannon.

Against all odds, Shannon manages to bring Lilith and her mutants to their rendez vous points, even if he has to use Tommy's ESP powers in the finale, but when she asks him to join them going where they go, he refuses, claiming he's a man of the past and they're the future of the world. Thus he is content with the gold they pay him, and as soon as their helicopter is gone, he engages in his final battle with Karnak ...

 

In the early 1980's, dozens of films based on post-doomsday movies like Escape from New York and Road Warrior were produced in Italy, usually on the cheap - and Endgame was made on a low budget end of the low-budget scale, which shows in the crude and cheap props and costumes and lack of special effects. On top of that, action was not really director Joe D'Amato's forte, and his interest in the science fiction aspects of is story seems to be neglectable.

That all said, Endgame is not too bad a movie, especially if compared to others of its kind: The story seems to be more thought through than usual and actually features a few interesting points, the crude and cheap costumes and props give the film a certain realism (concerning its post-doomsday settings) not often found in the pseudo sci-fi worlds not often found in other post-doomsday flicks, and the lack of spectacle helps the story to develop more fully. Sure, this all makes the film no masterpiece, but more interesting than many other movies of its ilk nevertheless.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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