Dark Future (1994, directed by Greydon Clark)


This future is really dark.

A mysterious plague wiped out most of humanity and a group of fascist cyborgs took over.  (They actually prefer to be called Synthetics but everyone knows that they’re actually cyborgs.)  The remaining humans were exiled to an abandoned train station that was renamed the Forbidden Zone.  In the Forbidden Zone, the human survive as bartenders and sex slaves for their cyborg overlords.  If you want to enter or leave the Forbidden Zone, you have to put your hand on one of those balls of lightning that people used to buy at Spencer’s Gifts.

The humans have been told that they are all sterile, which is one reason why they are willing to accept living in such a dark future.  When a baby is born in the Forbidden Zone, it blows up the sterility myth.  Kendall (Darby Hinton, who co-wrote the script and who is best remembered for starring in Andy Sidaris’s Malibu Express) is a bartender who tries to protect the baby while rallying the other humans to rise up against the cyborgs Synthetics.  The Synthetics want that baby for their own incoherent reasons.  War breaks out between man and the half-machines.

Even by the normal standards of director Greydon Clark, this is low budget nonsense.  The action’s slow, the story is incoherent, the acting is bad, you get the idea.  There are a lot of scenes of people standing around fires that have been lit in barrels.  There’s so many barrels on fire that the Forbidden Zone should have burned down years ago.  Also, why is it called the Forbidden Zone when anyone can enter it whenever they want to?  The humans aren’t allowed to leave the train station/night club/brothel so it seems like the rest of the world should be called the Forbidden Zone.  The future is dark and not easily understood.  So is this movie.

Humanity’s only hope, Kendall

2 responses to “Dark Future (1994, directed by Greydon Clark)

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