The heroes of our story are airmen 1st Lieutenant Jake Tanner (Jan-Michael Vincent) and Major Eugene Denton (George Peppard) who share ICBM silo duty at an Air Force base in the California desert. Denton does not like Tanner and plans on having him transferred as soon as possible, but before he even has a chance to file the necessary paperwork the Russians launch a full scale nuclear attack and the world as we know it ends.
“We'll meet again. Don't know where, don't know when.”
“Here’s the story of a lovely lady…”
The special effects of the irradiated rednecks look slightly better.
“I still don’t like you.”
I give you the Landmaster.
Unfortunately for Perry his character simply exists to be the first person to demonstrate how dangerous this trip is going to be and is killed when Landmaster Two is flipped over during a massive storm, a storm that Tanner drove through against Perry’s advice. Denton won’t admit that Tanner made the right call, as staying put is what got Perry dead, because Denton is a huge dick. What is surprising is that on board the destroyed Landmaster was Keegan and he gets off with just a banged up leg which is pretty amazing considering he’s a black guy in a science fiction movie.
“I've got a good feeling about this trip.”
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Well Keegan, you lasted longer than we expected.
“Go ahead, make my apocalypse.”
Toy boat, toy boat, toy boat.
Director Jack Smight did a serviceable job with the budget and materials at hand but aside from the badass Landmaster there isn’t much to recommend to viewers and no surprise that author Roger Zelazny is no fan as it has almost no similarities to his book.