Bad Land: Road To Fury

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Don’t be

fooled by the Mad Max- in­vok­ing ti­tle – this postapoc­a­lyp­tic West­ern ( called Young Ones in other ter­ri­to­ries) is a world away from the high­way bat­tles of Ge­orge Miller’s fran­chise.

Ernest ( Michael Shan­non) lives with his fam­ily in a post- drought USA. Af­ter his mule is killed, he buys a labour robot, but it brings him into con­flict with de­vi­ous Flem ( Ni­cholas Hoult).

It’s a low- key, but vis­ually strik­ing film. The cin­e­matog­ra­phy and lo­ca­tion work are lovely. The SF el­e­ments are well in­te­grated too, all clunky work­horse ro­bots and hov­er­ing drones. But the main plot never fully en­gages, de­spite the best ef­forts of the cast: the re­sult is a pol­ished but pon­der­ous riff on ’ 70s novel No Blade Of Grass.

None. Will Salmon

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