Picks and Pans Review: The Last Chase
Lee Majors is a onetime race car driver in the year 2000 who gripes about computerized life under Big Brother because there is no more oil and all internal-combustion vehicles are supposed to have been destroyed. So he quits his job as a government lecturer (his subject is the old days when cars were cars). Then he takes off in an orange Porsche he has hidden in his basement, teaming with a bratty electronics whiz (Chris Makepeace) who "rearranges" things by blowing them up with chemicals. As they head for still-free California, traffic on the roadways is understandably light but there's trouble above: Burgess Meredith, a fighter pilot veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, is dusted off to fly his "baby" one last time and blow Majors away. Why pick on one lousy orange Porsche? Coherence of plot is the least of this American-Canadian film's problems. The story by C.R. O'Christopher, the direction by Martyn Burke, and the actors seem to have run out of gas before the opening scene. There's some point being made about the wasteful way we live now, but only one conservationist message comes through: Miles and miles of film are being thrown away on movies like this. (PG)
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