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DVD Reviews: Class of 1999

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Alex Gowan
Review Date: 9 January 2003
Distributed by: Magna Pacific
Running Time: 100 Minutes

Do you enjoy action?  Do you love explosions? Well if you like to see these things then maybe this B-grade movie is for you.

Cody Culp (Bradley Gregg) is a man just released from prison and his aim is to lead a quiet life, out of trouble.  The stint in prison has left him too many scars for him to blow his parole.  Cody is picked up by his two brothers Sonny (Darren E. Burrows) and Angel (Joshua Miller)and he leaves to find the world in a terrible state of disarray.  People take drugs, live in cohorts with street gangs and go to errr…school…Huh…Well yes they do but only to act up and fight with each other.  The school discipline is a mess and the school principal calls in some help from Mega-tech.  A cyborg creation company.  They pose as teachers and take the law into their own hands to enforce discipline.  The audience ends up finding out that these cyborgs have their roots set firmly in military.  Then everything goes wrong and the androids end up killing the students.  Cody saddles up with his love interest, Christine Langford (Traci Lin), the principles daughter and they try to make sense of the mayhem.  Sounds up like a plot thought up by a 14 year old don’t you think.  To make matters worse it is a movie classified only for adults with  R-rating.

This movie looked to be ok when I first looked at the cover, although it did instantaneously seem like it was a rip off of Terminator.  Which it is unfortunately.  There is also sets that look a bit like Mad-max without the big budget and star actors.  This movie reeks of b-grade quality.  The one liners, “I trust him like a vampire giving me a blowjob” did not enthral me much. If you enjoyed that one liner there are plenty more and I commend you in enjoying that humour (sort of).

The music and sound is of a reasonable standard and probably is the best part of this production.  The only fault with this was that the punching audio effects sound very eighties quality.  The special effects are ok but nothing spectacular.

In one scene when Cody Culp and the principles daughter hop on a bike and travel to the cyborgs home.  The effects are ACTUALLY believable, just pause for a moment soak in that blown away rush, WOW.  In seriousness though this was probably one of the most impressive parts of the film.  Other quasi-impressive parts include when the cyborgs rip their skin off and hunt down the students Terminator style.  Pity we have seen it before and done so much better.  Other than that I would recommend to anyone just looking to escape this world and not have to think about it.  If you liked Terminator or Mad-max to the brink of insanity, then yeah, I would recommend it.


Class of 1999 Features

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