2019: After The Fall Of New York (Italy 1983)

Rating: **
Review Date: 7/5/15
Cast: Michael Sopkiw, Valentine Monnier, Anna Kanakis

After nuclear war turned the Earth to rubble, Mankind found itself on the brink of extinction due to infertility. One of the old superpowers is building a rocket ship to colonize planets near Alpha Centauri, and have located the last known fertile human female in the ruins of New York City. They send a soldier of fortune named Parsifal (Michael Sopkiw) into the city to retrieve her, and he encounters a lot of armed resistance. Along the way, he meets a beautiful young woman named Giara (Valentine Monnier) and rescues her from certain doom. Constantly on the run for their lives, love blooms out of desperation as they race for freedom.

It's essentially a low budget variation of "Escape From New York" (1981), told through a loosely connected series of action set pieces. It's competently made and the post-apocalyptic sets and locations are wonderful. The miniature effects are delightfully tacky, but do a good job of conveying the science fiction setting. Michael Sopkiw is a ruggedly handsome, charming, and charismatic hero. He manages to hold the film together and is fun to watch. Valentine Monnier is extremely pretty, but even though her character is strong willed and capable, she spends most of her time as a sex object and damsel in distress. It's an enjoyable outing for fans of the nuclear holocaust genre, but others will likely find it distasteful.