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MUTANT HUNT (1987)

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MUTANT HUNT (1987)

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The Buzz:

     From Tim Kincaid, the writer/director of the MST3k-worthy “Robot Holocaust,” we have another laughably-bad sci-fi action movie. In a spectacularly 80s-looking futuristic New York City, rival corporations (or maybe criminal organizations, it's not really clear) start a bloody gang war between their armies of drug-addled cyborgs. It's up to a team of mercenaries to track down and eliminate the melting, murderous robots, using lots and lots of spin kicks and a variety of gadgets that probably looked super high-tech back in '87, you guys, I swear.

Life of the Party (Positives):

     So, first, the only legitimately good thing about this movie: the special effects. Although some of the cyborg stuff looks pretty ridiculous, like their Go-Go-Gadget Arms early on, there are plenty of examples of great practical effects in this film. When a battle-damaged evil cyborg inexplicably decides to switch sides and help the heroes, the puppet used for him, with its exposed steel endoskeleton and molten flesh, is very well-crafted, and probably took up a substantial portion of the film's budget. Sci-fi aficionados who miss the days when models were used instead of constant CGI will at least be entertained by the artistry at work here, as there are plenty of messily-exploding heads (both robot and human) to satisfy most old-school gorehounds.

 

     Otherwise, this is a classic riff-worthy movie, great to make fun of with friends. There's plenty to laugh about here, from the generally silly-looking cyborgs (all played by a pack of husky guys in jumpsuits who wear their sunglasses at night), to the hideously disinterested performances from the various “actors,” to the fact that the villains all wear “futuristic” black vinyl while literally every other character on the street dresses like it's, well, 1987. Computer technology is also hilarious, as the heroes' sophisticated cyborg-trackers use a screen resolution on par with an old Atari set, yet somehow pinpoint the bad guys exactly. The '80s are now just long enough ago to be inherently entertaining for their cheesiness, and this '80s vision of the future, with setting elements like “the Federation Act of two years ago, ever since the space shuttle sex murders,” is especially hokey and entertaining.

Potential Hangovers (Negatives):

     Let's be honest here: this is not a “good” movie in any way, shape, or form. The plot is confusing and the motivations of the characters, or even who the characters really are, is seldom clear. Villains do a lot of hanging around in their smoke-filled lairs, monologuing to their manservants about revenge or whatnot, but we're not sure what they want revenge FOR, or how starting a riot of murderous robots achieves anything related to it. The dramatic final showdown takes place in a run-down warehouse standing in for a futuristic facility, and though there's a lot of shouting and fighting, we just don't know why and hence, we aren't very excited about it. Character development is nil, and the whole thing comes off as a mere series of sequential events, not a story.


     If the plot is lacking, at least there's plenty of action, but even those sequences are fairly uninspired. Our first taste of the evil cyborgs' power is when two of them are completely outpaced by a woman wearing high heels, and the eventual hand-to-hand combat scene that follows isn't very impressive either, thanks to their absurdly clunky movements. The cyborgs are such awkward fighters that the writer had to pad the film with some pointless random fights against gang members, just to have a few combatants who could actually throw a punch. The fight choreography itself consists mostly of the same few martial arts moves repeated over and over (drink every time somebody does a spinning kick!) making Mutant Hunt the cinematic equivalent of watching your brother play through “Streets of Rage” on the Sega Genesis. Also, if our heroes are well-equipped future mercenaries, why don't they just use laser guns on the cyborgs instead of ineffectual karate chops?

The Vibe:

     If Mutant Hunt were a food, it would be gas station nachos - the actual meat of it is minimal and extremely bland, but with so much cheese on top, you might not even notice. Like nachos, it is also best shared with friends, so riff this movie during your next evening together in a small group, add a couple six packs, and at worst, you'll have only wasted 76 minutes.

+ The future of the 1980s was apparently exactly like the 1980s, just with more fog and wrist-mounted computers

+ Practical effects, though done three years after The Terminator, are at least on par with those flesh-covered robots

+/- Stilted delivery of extremely silly dialogue can be worth many a laugh

- Plot makes very little sense, and you won't be excited enough by the characters to care very much

 

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