Class of 1999 (1990)

Posted: March 24, 2013 in Movie Review
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Class of 1999

Directed By: Mark Lester

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Stacy Keach, Pam Grier, John Ryan, Patrick Kilpatrick, Bradley Gregg, Traci Lind, Darren Burrows, Joshua John Miller

Subgenre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci Fi Horror

Synopsis: In a future where gang violence rules the streets, authorities struggle to regain control.  Kennedy High School has decided to take drastic measures to take back their school.

Thoughts: Robots posing as humans in a post-apocalyptic environment is not a new concept in Hollywood. Some renditions have been amazing, some not so much.  Class of 1999 falls somewhere in between those marks.  The scenes and landscape reminded me a lot of Robocop, especially with the designer drugs to be found everywhere.

One of the reasons that Class of 1999 does stand out is its cool cast.  Malcolm McDowell, Pam Grier, John Ryan and Patrick Kilpatrick are all outstanding in their roles.  Grier, Ryan and Kilpatrick are the infiltrating robots, so they don’t convey much emotion, but they come off as very badass in their roles.  Stacy Keach plays the person responsible for the robots and sports a rather unique hairstyle that has to be seen to be believed.  In a lot of ways, Keach was the most disturbing part of the movie, especially the way he eats a banana.

I knew going in that this was a follow-up to Class of 1984, both which were directed Mark Lester.  When I checked out the other movies that Lester directed, I was surprised at how many titles I had heard of.  He directed Firestarter, Commando and Showdown in Little Tokyo to name a few.  There were some pretty good action scenes in Class of 1999, something that Lester has shown he knows how to direct.  A few of the effects shots were a little iffy, especially when Pam Grier started showing some battle damage, but I thought of that as the charm of the movie.

Class of 1999 is a fun movie that really personifies its time.  It never takes itself too seriously and features a good story with an interesting cast.  It’s worth a watch, especially if you can find the 8 movie pack that features it.  The only question I haven’t been able to answer about the Class of 1999 is why are the kids still going to school in a future so plagued by drugs and gang violence that the police refuse to patrol the city?

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