Film (1989). Entertainment Film Productions. Produced by Gary Kurtz. Directed by Steven M Lisberger. Written by Tony Kayden, based on a story by Bill Bauer. Cast includes Kitty Aldridge, Eleanor David, Mark Hamill, Ben Kingsley, Bill Paxton and Bob Peck. 102 minutes. Colour.
Unspecified ecological rape has led to great earthquakes and geological changes all over the world. A strong, constant "river" of wind, the Slipstream, blows always in one direction across a scarred landscape which confusingly alternates between scenes shot in Yorkshire and in Turkey. Eccentric remnants of civilization persist in isolated pockets; transport is, inexplicably, by microlight aircraft. A supposedly criminal Android (Peck) is hunted by a psychotic cop (Hamill) and protected by a young bounty hunter (Paxton). The Post-Holocaust scenario is intriguing, the execution is dreadful. Kurtz, who produced Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), was attempting a come-back here, along with Star Wars star Hamill; both failed. A few powerful moments focus on Peck's intelligent performance as the Christlike healer-android. Lisberger's previous sf film, Tron (1982), was not bad, and one can only wonder why this apparently promising project suffered from murky photography, confused editing and an incoherent and pretentious script. [PN]
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