#802 Equalizer 2000 aka Defender 2000 (1987)

I never quite understood the charm and the huge following behind the Mad Max series. Although the series did spawn one sequel that has at least some good cinematography and a killer soundtrack, the dystopian desert action genre mostly feels really campy and lame – and the time usually hasn’t been too kind on it. The biggest sin of the series still remains that it opened the floodgate of an endless stream of ripoffs, all of which fall pretty much behind even the already lousy original.

Equalizer 2000 takes place in the post-apocalyptic Alaska desert where the baddies drive around in lazily customised cars from the 70s and the 80s. In order to fight against them, a rogue warrior called Slade crafts a machine gun that apparently makes him invincible against gun fire. That’s pretty much the plot here, with rest of the running time filled with extras firing off guns, getting shot and falling to the ground.

Equalizer 2000 is a poor, poor movie with an equally low production value. The movie lags far behind its time and feels completely out of place compared to the movies released in the 1987, and even manages to look and feel more outdated than the original 1979 Mad Max.

Consider this a warning.

80s-o-meter: 16%

Total: 4%