Equalizer 2000 (1987)

B movie perennial Richard Norton (“Force: Five”) stars as a hero named Slade in this little epic, just one of many grungy post-apocalypse features to pattern itself after “Mad Max” and “The Road Warrior”. Slade is out to get revenge on a military unit dubbed “The Ownership”, who are just greedy enough to want control of all resources. They meet resistance from Slade and other rebels, “mountain people”, and a sexy as Hell warrior woman named Karen (Penthouse hottie Corinne Wahl). But Slade has an ace up his sleeve: the sleek and massive weapon of the title, which ensures its owners’ survival.

Fans of derivative future set schlock won’t mind that the story (written by co-star Frederick Bailey, who plays Hayward) is practically non existent. It’s all about non-stop (and I do mean non-stop) gunfire, explosions, and setting people on fire. (This is the kind of movie where nobody ever seems to run out of ammo.) While it’s hard to give much of a damn about any character here, the actors do what they can with limited material. Norton is fortunately one very badass hero; he can shoot at the bad guys while perched on the hood of a car, and not lose his balance. Wahl isn’t much of an actress, but it’s doubtful that many people will care when she looks so fine. William Steis (as Lawton) and Peter Shilton (as MacLaine) are adequate villains. Any fan of Filipino exploitation cinema will be happy to see Vic Diaz here, as he portrays one of those “mountain people”. But the most fun is in seeing future star Robert Patrick, in his second feature film appearance, as a mangy weasel named Deke.

Passable direction by Cirio H. Santiago and amusing electronic music by Ding Achacoso help to make this an okay diversion.