Endgame (1983) Joe D'Amato



Endgame (1983)
aka Endgame - Bronx lotta finale
Genre: Action | Sci-Fi | Postnuke
Country: Italy | Director: Joe D'Amato
Language: English or German (2 separate audio tracks) | Subtitles: None
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 | Length: 92mn
Dvdrip Xvid Avi - 528x400 - 25fps - 1.10gb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089091/

A telepathic mutant recruits a post-World War III TV game-show warrior to lead her band of mutants to safety.

Although a bit flaccid and meandering, "Endgame" still rates as a pretty satisfying, exciting, action-packed, ultra-violent and exceedingly gory Italian post-nuke sci-fi outing. Joe D'Amato's competent direction, the trim script by Terry Hall and Steve Benson, Frederico's lively, smoky, atmospheric cinematography, and Carlo Mario Cordio's spare, shivery, spooky John Carpenteresque synthesizer score make the most out of the movie's low budget.

Moreover, the action scenes are plentiful and briskly mounted (lots of screaming, hyperactive extras scurry about firing guns and wielding various sharp implements with lethal, blood-spilling abandon), the tone remains appropriately stark, grim and melancholy throughout, the set and costume designs are fairly lavish, and the sporadic pauses for wistful reflectivity effectively establish audience sympathy for the mutants' sorry plight. The bearded, bushy-haired, solidly built Cliver makes for a credible and commanding action hero: relaxed, taciturn, confidant, and dead serious, a rugged fellow who's fast on his feet and one hell of a fit, physical, kick-your-teeth-down-your-throat ferocious hand-to-hand combat fighter.

The stand-out supporting cast includes the ever-lovely Moira Chen (a.k.a. prolific longtime favorite soft-core sexploitation queen Laura Gemser) as a compassionate mutant telepath who gets raped by a fat, warty, disgusting blue-skinned humanoid fish creep, the great Bobby Rhodes (the cool, suave pimp in the flashy "Superfly" threads in "Demons") as a crafty, agile Endgame stalker (Bobby sports both a gleaming Telly Savalas-type bald chrome-dome and a simply snazzy flowing red cape), and stone-faced block-of-granite Gordon Mitchell as the evil, fascistic Colonel Morgan.

Michele Soavi was the assistant director and has a cameo as a jerky TV station monitor. Sure, it's not without its flaws, but overall "Endgame" still passes muster as an admirably ambitious, arguably influential and hence above average end-of-the-world sci-fi/action item.

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