Back in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s there were plenty of low-budget Mad Max clones. The Mel Gibson action-thriller set the standard for action-oriented thrills centered around motorized mayhem and vehicular destruction. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, the Mad Max clones fell by the wayside until Doomsday popped up in 2008. However, George Miller later came back for the crown with the feminist-friendly Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, and now there appears to be the resurgence of low-budget clones starting with the absolute mess that appears to be Future World.
The trailer features a robot played by Suki Waterhouse, who has the ability to… I don’t really know. The trailer doesn’t seem to explain her purpose much, but she’s captured by James Franco who either needs to fuel a drug habit or he owed some low-life producer a movie or else some sort of compromising photos would be leaked through those Fappening knock-off sites.
Unsurprisingly, there’s supporting roles filled out by the other druggie, Snoop Dogg, and the just-barely-above-B-movie roles, Milla Jovovich.
The film is about a soy boy who must save his queen, played by Lucy Liu, but he ends up getting captured. During the chase he’s freed by Suki Waterhouse, but then the jeep they’re in crashes and somehow Suki gets “human” emotions or something like that. You can check out the trailer below courtesy of KinoCheck International.
So Milla Jovovich is another warlord who wants the robot and the soy boy, and James Franco apparently wants to kill the soy boy and recapture his robot.
Cue a movie where both warlords are attempting to capture the robot and kill the soy boy.
Now instead of the lead hero being a grizzled badass like Mel Gibson or the hard-on-the-outside-but-effeminate-on-the-inside Tom Hardy, we have Suki Waterhouse as the lead hero.
She has almost zero screen presence whatsoever, almost identical to her role in The Bad Batch, which was another piece of crap movie.
In a way, Future World seems to take the plot from the 1989 Albert Pyon cyberpunk flick, Cyborg, which starred Jean-Claude Van Damme. That film was actually righteous from top to bottom with great set pieces, awesome cyberpunk weaponry, and some good violence to boot. Here’s a trailer to rekindle secrete some of that nostalgia out of your brain.
Anyway, the far less interesting Future World is due out on May 25th next month. If you’re in the mood to torture yourself with the feminized version of Mad Max meets Cyborg, I’m pretty sure you can find it on a DVD store rack near you (it would be a real shame if this took up theater space).