Nightmaster (1987)

MARK JOFFE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

Australia/Canada, 1987, .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Silly action film that will have some appeal for young people, though it’s too violent for the very young.  A group of high school students in a grimy future attend classes by day and participate in simulated war games at night, running around an abandoned factory in black costumes and shooting each other with paint guns in a bid to become the ultimate champion.  The best of them is a  as a young man who idolizes his martial arts instructor, ignoring a concerned teacher’s warnings about his mentor until he witnesses him commit a crime that puts him in danger of being silenced. Nicole Kidman has an adorable early career role as his female rival in the game, and while a great deal of this film doesn’t make sense, it’s too good-natured in its low-budget ridiculousness to be hateful.

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