I spend an unhealthy amount of time dreaming about the apocalypse. The problem with the end of the Earth is that you can never really tell just how everything will collapse. Will it be a nuclear war, a virus, hoard of mindless mutants, or a government who seeks to control everyone’s mind? In the world created by the film, Blue World Order, the answer to all of those possibilities, is yes. Created by Ché Baker and Dallas Bland, BWO is what would happen if a nuclear war made a virus that could only be cured by mind controlling drugs downloaded into our brains by the local WiFi hotspot.
Blue World Order stars Jake Ryan (Wentworth) , Stephen Hunter (The Hobbit), Bolude Fakuade (Dumb Criminals) and Billy Zane (Yes, the one and only Billy Zane!). They take the viewers on a thought experiment about humanity, and how we deal with different levels of control. BWO packages this theme in a giant pipe and beats us over the head with it explicitly in the dialog. Basically, the movie is about various types of control and how it is used to bend mankind to the wills of others. It seems like there is a metaphor in there about the internet and the mass-media being both a curse and a savior to our contemporary society depending on how it interferes with our desire to be individuals.
Unfortunately, Blue World Order has some flaws. The main problem with the film was the unnecessarily complex and convoluted plot which was really tough to follow at times: There was the ‘last child on Earth’ plot with a kid who didn’t do anything special, and a ‘last man immune to the virus’ plot which actually got confusing, and the ‘Mutant Hoard’ plot which came too late, and didn’t add anything to the film. Throw in double agents, saboteurs, and a kung-fu hobbit; the whole thing gets out of hand.
Meanwhile, there are some awesome gems hiding within it. Aesthetically, the movie has lots of great colors and wide shots that give the universe a large feeling in scope. There is a scene where they take a DeLorean off-roading in the desert, which was awesome and also tragic because that car took a beating! The best part of the film is Billy Zane as “Master Crane,” a man obsessed with control and saving the human race. Billy Zane is a lot like Henry Rollins in the way that never turns down an indie film if it fits into their schedule. It shows how they are passionate about the art of film making, and they want to help shine some light on up-and-coming film makers.
If you like to see DeLoreans racing through the desert shooting lasers, martial arts fight scenes, chunky dudes getting electrocuted every five minutes, or the intense smoulder of Billy Zane, you should enjoy this film immensely.
Born and raised in San Diego California, I grew up loving the action horror and sci-fi genres. The first R rated film I saw was Predator back when I was 8 years old. Aliens blew me away as a youngster and I made a M41-A pulse rifle out of paper towel rolls and rubber bands. I ran around for hours avoiding face huggers and blasting xenomorphs in my back yard and I am bringing that big imagination to Nevermore Horror.