For this week’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays film, I wanted to do something a little different and lately I have become a huge fan of the legendary Yul Brynner (The Magnificent Seven). So, I decided that I was going to cover one of his films in The Ultimate Warrior (no not the wrestler) for this week’s film. It’s 2012 A.D. and the world has gone post apocalyptic where gangs are now running the streets and you have to be careful when venturing out or you’ll die for the clothes on your back. One leader of a peaceful gang called the Baron (Max von Sydow) hires a fearless fighter by the name of Carson (Brynner). Carson agrees to help the Baron lead his people to a place where there is no more violence, but a familiar enemy in the area could prove to be monkey wrench in their plans. The film also stars Joanna Miles (The Glass Menagerie) as Melinda, William Smith (Any Which Way You Can) as Carrot, Richard Kelton (A Guide For The Married Woman) as Cal, Stephen McHattie (A History Of Violence) as Robert, Mel Novak (Game Of Death) as Lippert, Darrell Zwerling (Chinatown) as Silas, Lane Bradbury (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) as Barrie, and the film was directed by Robert Clouse (Enter The Dragon). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:
Let’s check out some of the stats that Yul Brynner accumulated as Carson and of course we start with the kills/knockouts which was a total of 19. He has no origin story that we know of other than that he is from Detroit and he has walked everywhere. He has no love interest that we know about and no one close to him gets killed or hurt as well. The big boss is defeated and you have to see how it goes down because I certainly wasn’t expecting that. The film was actually a pretty decent film, but it’s a post apocalyptic action film so you know exactly what you are getting when you choose to watch it. The only thing I would have done is change the clothing choices for the film because it is based in 2012 and not 1975. Yul Brynner at first you think is a bad ass because he does what he wants and everyone wants him. Then you meet him and he’s actually a pretty chill dude until he has to act like a bad ass. The sets were pretty decent, they made it look post-apocalyptic enough that you definitely got the point. The fight choreography was decent as well, but there were moments where it could have been better. I am a huge fan of Yul Brynner like I said above which is why I chose to watch this film. I enjoyed the film for what it was so with that being said I am going to give the film 3.8 fists out of five for a final grade. Question for you to ponder, why is it every post-apocalyptic film is a Sci-Fi film?