Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Australia/Canada, 1987. Cine-Funds Limited, Somerset Film Productions. Screenplay by Michael McGennan. Cinematography by Martin McGrath. Produced by Jan Tyrrell, James M. Vernon. Music by David Skinner. Production Design by Michael Ralph. Costume Design by Helen Hooper. Film Editing by Lindsay Frazer.
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 Tom Jennings 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.