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Carlson

This was one of the most unsatisfying movies I have seen in a while. The entire of motivation of the main character is to rape women. The brief karmic interlude inside the bizarre underground town was the only thing that was interesting.
6 years 5 months ago
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Siskoid

Since A Boy and His Dog is based on Harlan Ellison novella, you expect a certain cynicism. Director L.Q. Jones doubles down on that cynicism, perhaps in the name of black comedy, and unbalances Ellison's finely-tuned original, pushing it into the realm of obnoxious bad taste. And it's pretty dull besides, which is probably the worst sin. But yeah, you start with a Mad Max prototype starring a young Don Johnson who has a telepathic bond with a dog who helps him find girls to rape. That's the premise. Somebody should have warned me before I pressed play. As it plays out, it's consensual when he does hook up with a girl, so ok. The dog has some charismatic moments, but his voice actor kind of doesn't. After watching these two assholes run around the desert, sometimes coming across a pack of idiots scrabbling around in the dirt (yeah, it's not Mad Max quite yet), the kid finds his way to an "advanced" underground society where things get more boring, if that's possible. The 70s were big on dystopian SF, but this is a collection of weird elements for their own sake, with annoying chatter over public speakers, and a waste of Jason Robards whose character doesn't even care when the kid and the girl make their escape, so why should we. The dark ending is out of the novella, but not the final punchline, which Ellison is on record as having disliked. I think I do too. It's bad enough the film doesn't have any likeable characters, but it flips their attitude from amoral survivalist to just evil. Misogyny abounds from the concept on down into the muck where the film finally crashes. I like oddball SF as much as the next guy, but Jones can't carry these weird concepts off. Despite some early shots that recall spaghetti westerns, the result is cheap, tawdry, and mean-spirited.
5 years ago
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lachyas

My favourite ending in cinema history, and even besides that I think it's a great and entertaining film that modern post-apocalyptic movies and games owe a great debt to. The very definition of a cult classic.
10 years 11 months ago
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elcid

Not recommended for women.
3 years 10 months ago
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ThomasFTB

Terrific first half, loses a lot of steam in the second half
11 years 4 months ago
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ChrisReynolds

I found it to be dull, nonsensical, and poorly made. Sure, the twist at the end is nice, but it doesn't save the rest of the film.
11 years 5 months ago
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Matt Addis

Holy shit is that really how its going to end?
1 year 7 months ago
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NoamO

Unique movie, although not a lot happens, it has a certain charm to it.
The ending was hilarious.
Oh, and Fallout 3 all over the place.
10 years 5 months ago
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manwithpetgull

Wow! Now that's an ending!
12 years 2 months ago
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team-machine

I love this movie. Great post-apocalyptic, fucked up movie. Well, the movie in it self, the actions in the movie aren't that fuck up. No, that thing that's fucked up is the peoples mentality. But I guess that's what you should expect in a world after nuclear war. The ending was very satisfying for me, but it might upset some people.
12 years 4 months ago
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Marmalade

Nothing too noteworthy, although I must say; Without a doubt, one of the best endings in film history. Absolutely savage.
7 years 1 month ago
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the3rdman

At first I didn't like it, but it got better and the ending was awesome. Exactly what I was thinking!!
12 years 2 months ago
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marienbad

really bad.
12 years 5 months ago
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