Thursday, July 19, 2018

Scorched Earth

With Scorched Earth, director Peter Howitt and writers Kevin Leeson and Bobby Mort imagine what a western might look like… in post-apocalyptic America! The answer, as it turns out, is every bit as dull and derivative as one might suppose, full of gunslingers wielding high-tech weapons and wearing dusters, wide-brimmed hats and assorted Mad Max: Fury Road-like gear. Everyone rides horses and covers their mouths (with air-filter devices that help them breathe the planet’s polluted air), and reside in grungy settlements run—or threatened—by outlaws. It’s a vision of the future that harkens back to the past, and one that—no matter which way you look at it—boasts not a single unique element to call its own.


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