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  • Putting the fact that it borrows many themes and ideas from The Road Warrior aside, I believe this movie could have been a lot better than what it originally was if it had a stronger and more in-depth focus on its heroes and where they came from, how they got in the orphanage, etc. The film is only 96 minutes, it would have done no harm to extend it to two hours to allow more time for the characters to flourish, the cast is a delight and the story is interesting enough

    • by Stephen Filippelli
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      Starring: Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Lukas Haas, Peter DeLuise, Richard Jordan, Charles Durning, Sarah Douglas, Bruce Payne, Claude Brooks, and James LeGros

      Directed by: Alan Johnson.

      In the future, most of the Earth’s water has vanished and an oppressive government imprison children at orphanages where they train them to obey and be just like them. A group of teenagers - Jason, Terra, Rabbit, Daniel, Tug, and Metron - are trapped at an orphanage and they like to play a mixed hybrid of ice hockey on roller skates, they call themselves the ‘Solarbabies’. The game gives unity to the group whom wish to


      rebel against their oppressive rulers.

      It doesn’t take long to get their wish as they come across a strange orb that is self-aware and is called Bodhi; it comes from outer space and, legend has it, that it was sent to restore water back to the desert-barren Earth. The orb has unusual yet positive effects on the group. They escape from the orphanage and venture across the many wastelands for a new place to call home beyond the walls that they have been confined in for so long.

      “Solarbabies” is pure 80s sci-fi/teenage fun. It’s cheesy, it’s hokey, it’s… the 80s! It ...


      • also borrows from a lot of movies, mostly the ‘Mad Max/Road Warrior’ franchise with its desert landscapes, ersatz vehicles, strange communities called ‘Tiretown’. It has the perfect 80s cast - Jason Patric and Jami Gertz (who went on to star in “The Lost Boys” together a year later), Claude Brooks, Lukas Haas, Peter DeLuise, James LeGros, and the villainous Richard Jordan. The heroes play their parts well but aren’t really given much to work with. Richard Jordan plays his villain smoothly and sinisterly.

        Some of the soundtrack could be redone, but the rest of it is fine especially the theme

        song and the chase scenes. Putting the fact that it borrows many themes and ideas from “The Road Warrior” aside, I believe this movie could have been a lot better than what it originally was if it had a stronger and more in-depth focus on its heroes and where they came from, how they got in the orphanage, etc. The film is only 96 minutes, it would have done no harm to extend it to two hours to allow more time for the characters to flourish, the cast is a delight and the story is interesting enough. Overall, “Solarbabies” remains an 80s gem.



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