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You vultures circle the city, tearing off the flesh of everything that is good in this city.

Whoa, Rutger Hauer can still act.  The style of this film definitely harkens back to the 1980’s schlocky anti-hero genre, but it resonates well today.  This is like a Harry Brown update of Death Wish, but instead of a modern British update, it’s a Canadian 80’s flick.  I’m pretty sure that one of the Trailer Park Boys dies in the first scene, but it’s a good scene and sets the sad/zany/dangerous tone for the film.  Most characters telegraphy their behavior from about 30 seconds away, but that’s distinctly a directorial choice and not a flaw–one of the bad guys, Slick (played by Gregory Smith), reminds me of a young Tom Cruise.  Considering how cheaply this film was mode for, the effects and the look are very impressive.

I hate to say it, but this movie is fucking badass! Even though the colors are weird (they’re technicolor, allegedly) the film has a nice professional look to it.  Which is enough, when the hero only knows how to solve problems with a shotgun. I can’t help it, but whenever Hauer makes his speeches, he reminds me of his amazing performance as Roy Batty in Blade Runner. It’s hard to believe that his last good performance was as that archbishop in Sin City.  Also badass and 80’s…the soundtrack.  Vangelis couldn’t do better.  Well, maybe they could, but this has some cool tunes.  Even the end theme song fits the genre.  Neither family friendly, nor really a future classic, but definitely fun (in a dark way).  I hope there’s a sequel.

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