City Limits Reviews
So the plot is supposed to be two rival biker gangs that have run of a city in post apocalyptia. Big corp comes in, on behest of the Federal Government, to take it over from the two. This corp is completely underequipped, not even able to handle a single biker wandering in by accident, and have no armed guards... yet they have watch towers, as seen towards the end. While the major corp itself wasn't out to kill off the bikers, you'd think that they'd staff personnel with a BIT of protection, wouldn't you? Oh well, whatever.
The reason this movie is bad isn't because of bad acting; though it has bad acting. It isn't because of a horrible plot idea; the plot actually has a lot of potential. It isn't even necessarily because of bad filming or directing, though it has plenty of that (the fight scenes are completely disjointed and the lighting is terrible; it's dark constantly, which is fine, but you make the film dark with the ability to see what's going on!)
The reason it's a bad film is simply this: Too many characters, NO development, and NO explanation as to the plot. Background is given in snippets too jarring to understand, and leading to comical moments (like suddenly seeing people celebrating Christmas with a dead bike member, and one of the bikers is dressed like Santa; it seemed like we had wandered into a completely different film!) Dialogue is so quiet as to be almost impossible to hear. James Earl Jones is the only cool character in the movie, and he's only in it for about five minutes, if even that. Names aren't really dropped, so I went nearly the whole movie not knowing the protagonist's name -- which is fine, because he doesn't really accomplish much by the end. James Earl Jones is the real hero, and he does it with RC planes that explode somehow (they don't explain why; I assume the planes are loaded with C4, but it HELPS TO ESTABLISH THINGS, MOVIE!)
If you want to see this film, see the MST3K version; which proves to be entertaining enough to be bearable, but not enough to save this film. Even with MST3K, I was bored out of my skull, with the monotony being broken infrequently.
This film is an example why lack of establishment in a film -- of characters and the plot -- turns it into a completely lackluster, boring film. We see people do things, we don't see a plot unfolding, and it's hard to tell what's happening. There's two major biker gangs, but no real distinguishing features between the two -- no gang colors, no theme, just a mishmash of colors and styles that do not belong together. Everyone's wearing outfits that makes me swear that either the creators bought out a thrift store, or they were just recycling outfits from a ton of different movies with different genres... well, out of their trash heap, anyways.
Wasted potential -- two biker gangs having to deal with a corporation in a post apocalyptic wasteland could be INTERESTING, even with a shoestring budget if you play your cards right. This film doesn't, and makes me feel like I've completely wasted my time watching it. There's no pathos for any of the characters, and the plot is so incomprehensible, it's difficult to tell what characters even accomplish during it. Terrible film.
also deserves a mention for some of the most bizarre closing music i've ever heard in a movie in any era -- consisting of an old-school hip-hop song, the main lyrics of which consists of the rappers going "bleh bleh bleh bleh!!" over and over again. Grandmaster Flash or Run-DMC, these guys weren't.