In the year 2045, Zordax battles the evil of men, and the germs they breed. Itís up to one man who battles to stay alive while Zordaxís minions try and kill him.
You know something? This Mad Max
rip-off is pretty damn good. Itís Zordax II: La Guerre du Metal
(aka The Metal War) and it presents a bleak future where men are the enemy of germaphobe, Zordax. Now, this twelve minute short is very quick and to the point. Some dude (Mike Waters
), one of the last remaining humans (I assume), is being hunted by Zordax and his followers. He is one of the last reminders of the disease ridden filth of man that have destroyed society. So this group of oddballs hunts the dude down and captures him. Christo Lepovsky
is the lucky bastard who gets a hold of the dude and keeps torturing him. And all sorts of futuristic fun ensues. Side note... that's a lot of "dude's" for one paragraph huh?
I really dug the look of this short. The earthy brown colors and the saturated look felt post-apocalyptic without looking as cheap as it should have. I was impressed with the action sequences and a couple of the special effects aside from a really silly looking stabbing. The actors are fine, although they really donít have much to show their talent. They just run around and shoot at each other. The enthusiastic extras are a bit over-the-top, but hey, they look to be having some fun.
This is a surprisingly cool looking short that has a couple of cool action shots and some effective direction. Although the Mad Max thing has been done to death, I did like the whole idea behind germs being the final straw for the crazy dude to kill off all the humans. I also felt the final battle, which is left open, was kind of cool. It was too short, but this thing runs under twelve minutes with three of those minutes being the credits with a bit of a narrative set up. Still, itís a fun way to spend that short of time, and the music was effective too, if a little dated sounding. I also recommend watching the original French version with English subtitles if you donít speak the language.
Itís a twelve minute Mad Max take that is a little fun to watch. Syl Disjonk adds a surprisingly cool element to this as director, and keeps the action moving. If feels much shorter then it actually is. Worth taking a look because Syl may be going places. Good, dirty, post-apocalyptic fun.