A review by Hugh Robertson ©2013
Directed by Daniel Falicki
Released by Chemica Burn Entertainment
You can buy the movie HERE.
Synopsis: Set in a post apocalyptic landscape 28 thousand years into the future, “Future World: City of Mass Destruction” is an amazing vision of the last city on earth. After four atomic holocausts and the second Ice Age, only one city remains on our ravaged planet – a city on the edge of insanity, overrun by mutants and madmen, and largely controlled by the tyrannical Devoz Corporation. This dying metropolis is mired in the throes of a power struggle amongst the city’s final three corporate dynasties. The surviving corporation must in the end turn to a tribe of Amazon warrior women it once tried to destroy to save their dying planet. Visionary director Daniel E. Falicki guides you through a world of lesbian warriors, insufferable Grugs, a vicious Spider Queen, and a Blue Genie with loads of “smokable” fun! Are YOU ready to party like it’s the year 30,000? Then take a trip to FUTURE WORLD…
“Future World: City of Mass Destruction” is not a sequel to the “Westworld” and “Futureworld” movies, but an animated science fiction feature that has more in common with the 1981 film “Heavy Metal”. Filmed, edited, and directed by Daniel E. Falicki, “Future World” is an anthology with all four episodes taking place in Grand Rapids, Michigan circa 30,000 A.D. After four atomic holocausts and the second Ice Age, Grand Rapids is the only city left on Earth. The city is ruled by three corporations-DeVoz, Stealbase, and The Fillmore Collection who all share power. All of the stories revolve around the main characters and their interactions with the corporations.
“The Day Lady Killed” is the first episode and features a Xena-type warrior who tries to save an outlying suburb from being slaughtered and enslaved by mutants. She is captured in the raid and taken to the Stealbase Corporation’s Gladitorial Arena where she is forced to fight to the death in combat.
The second episode, “Here Comes the Fire”, is similar to the “Harry Canyon” episode in “Heavy Metal” in its use of film noir storytelling and technique. Terence, an ex-cop, meets a former associate who recruits him for a mission with the DeVoz Corporation to infiltrate The Fillmore Collection Corporation. Once there they are to retrieve a secret threat to the DeVoz Corporation.
The third episode, “Race to the Balder” is the weakest, with two Stoners who run out of “Space Weed” to smoke and are told by a magic Genie how to get more. Their comedic quest for the new “Space Weed” means racing to “The Balder” during curfew and avoiding the DeVoz Corporation’s security.
The last episode, “Enter the Krennons”, is the longest and similar to the “Taarna” episode of “Heavy Metal”. When the Earth’s atmosphere starts going, the head of the DeVoz Corporation decides to implement their Exodus 6 plan to escape. To do so, however, requires more gypsum and he orders the gypsum miners to increase their output. While drilling the miners awaken an underground Spider Witch who promptly kills all the miners and soldiers there.
To save the mine and mankind, the head of the DeVoz Corporation calls on the Krennons, an Amazon warrior race that is sworn to save humanity. The only two Krennon warriors left debate whether to help, but eventually decide that it is their duty and go to battle the Spider Witch.
Filmed at Collective Studios in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Falicki uses actors and props with Green Screen keying, animation, and New Blue FX filters to create his post-apocalyptic vision. Falicki and his animators create a fascinating future world filled with original touches. The visual effect is stunning and always interesting. Although the characters are one-dimensional like most animation anthologies, the emphasis is on story and action and keeps a fast pace. The actors do a good job of bringing their characters to life although their dimensions are limited. Sound and editing are used well with the exception of the “Mickey-mousing” sound effects in the third episode. The plots of the stories are serviceable to the action and have some inspired touches with only the final unsatisfactory ending, which is used to set up a sequel, a disappointment.
Overall “Future World: City of Mass Destruction” is well worth your time and money either as a DVD or a rental. If you are a fan of the movie “Heavy Metal” or “Heavy Metal 2000” then this film is a must-see as the worthy sequel that fans have been waiting over twelve years for. On the Smash or Trash scale I give this a 6.5 out of 10.