The Ωmega Man (1971)


“There’s never a cop around when you need one. ” – Neville

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A doctor living in an apocalyptic future tries to find a cure for a disease that turns people into zombie-like creatures.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I came across a while back and was interested in checking despite knowing nothing about it besides the fact that it stars Charlton Heston.

They do a horrendous job here of portraying a post apocalyptic future and that hurts things so much because they is little reason to care about the characters or even feel inspired by what they do in order to try and help humanity.

Many of the scenes that are meant to be poignant come across as cheesy and that is quite problematic here.

Heston is always a great choice of an actor to play the savior role, but his character isn’t developed at all and mostly grunts his way through the film.

His acting is extremely wooden in this role and that doesn’t help make things more enjoyable to watch.

This story probably worked much better on paper tan it does on screen since it just doesn’t feel realistic enough in the way that they present it all.

Anthony Zerbe is always a great choice as a villain, but in this film he plays the role far too over the top and adding to that the fact that his character isn’t developed well enough makes things far too laughable to watch.

The premise is one that has been done so much better even since this was made and by knowing the potential of such an idea drags this done even further because we expect so much more from what they try to do here.

Bottom Line – Terrible film that is more cheesy than inspiring. Heston plays the typical savior role and makes his way through the film in a very wooden way. The story itself probably works much better on paper than on the screen because it doesn’t feel at all realistic in the way things are portrayed. Zerbe is always a good actor to play villainous roles, but his character is far too shallow here and t al comes across more laughable than it probably should.  This premise has been done so much better than they were able to accomplish here and that drags things down much further because due to the successes in the genre, this failure seems unforgivable given the potential.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Rosalind Cash was uneasy before her love scene with Charlton Heston, saying “It feels strange to screw Moses.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)

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