1990: The Bronx Warriors (1983)

Genres - Action, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Sci-Fi Action, Biker Film  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - R
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1990: I Guerreiri di Bronx is one of the more successful examples of the post-apocalyptic action film genre that became popular during the early '80s. Most films from this genre borrowed heavily from The Road Warrior, but 1990: I Guerreiri di Bronx actually draws much more inspiration from The Warriors and Escape From New York. Although the film was obviously shot on a low budget, it benefits from solid technical credits. Sergio Salvati's slick cinematography captures the gritty action in a colorful comic book style, and Walter Rizzati's pulsating rock score fits the film's style nicely. Director Enzo Castellari rolls out punchy action sequences at a steady pace, but can't gloss over some of the film's sillier excesses (for example, the roller-skating gang comes off as unintentionally funny instead of surreal). 1990: I Guerreiri di Bronx also suffers from inconsistent performances. In general, the supporting performances are better than the leads; Stefania Girolami and Marco di Gregorio make bland protagonists, but Fred Williamson provides a commanding presence as Ogre and Vic Morrow steals many a scene with his macho turn as Hammer. Ultimately, 1990: I Guerreiri di Bronx is probably too silly and overblown for a general audience, but is likely to please exploitation fans in search of cheap thrills.