Blu-ray Review: FUTURE WORLD

FUTURE WORLD was directed by James Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung and stars James Franco, Suki Waterhouse, Jeffrey Wahlberg, Margarita Levieva, Snoop Dogg, George Lewis Jr., Cliff “Method Man” Smith, with Lucy Liu and Milla Jovovich.

Inside a desert oasis, the Queen (Lucy Liu) lays dying as her son Prince (Jeffrey Wahlberg) travels across barren waste lands to find a near-mythical medicine to save her life. After evading violent raiders on motorbikes led by the Warlord (James Franco) and his enforcer (Cliff “Method Man” Smith), Prince meets Ash (Suki Waterhouse), the Warlord’s robot sex companion-assassin who’s in search of her own soul. As Prince is captured by the Druglord (Milla Jovovich), the Warlord’s forces roar in – and Prince fights to save the remnants of humanity.

This apocalyptic sci-fi action adventure, not to be mistaken for the 1976 classic, takes place in a dystopian future and follows Prince, a young man who sets out on a mission to find some rare medicine that will save his sick mother, the Queen. He leaves the small oasis he calls home and travels across the wasteland where he comes across a number of dangerous characters but none of them are as deadly as the psychopathic Warlord who ends up capturing the young man. This is also where he meets Ash, the beautiful robot that ends up helping him escape from Warlard and helps him on his journey to find Druglord who has the medicine he needs for his mother.

Prince’s unbalanced new host isn’t the savior he was hoping she’d be because he has to do several uncomfortable tasks for her amusement before she gives him what he needs. Druglord also takes a liking to Ash so things once again get complicated for Prince and his companion and if things couldn’t get worse, Warlord and his goons show up and a small war breaks out between the two rivals. In the end, Prince finds a way to escape with the medicine and makes his way back to the Queen where he ultimately saves her life. There was always something special about Ash and in the end the robot finds the freedom she’s so desparately wanted.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is,  Future World had a lot of potential to be something awesome but unfortunately it ended up being a big cinematic dud. The movie borrows from Mad Max, Doomsday and a few other apocayptic action-thrillers but its execution is its weakest point so its nowhere as good as these popular titles. The story was sloppy and the characters felt hollow and weren’t interesting at all. I guess out of the impressive cast, James Franco and Milla Jovovich’s characters were the most fun to watch but it still wasn’t enough to salvage this trainwreck. Whoever named these characters were either lazy or thought they were being extremely smart but I’m going with the lazy part while their big ego probably leans the other way. I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by this movie but it pretty much failed across the board and ended up being a serious waste of talent and time. Future World will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) on July 10th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, official trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • “Behind the Scenes Featuring Interview with James Franco” Featurette (12:39)
  • Official Trailer (02:09)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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