Heavily influenced by John Carpenter's Escape From New York, 2019: After the Fall of New York is amusing enough, but only if you're willing to overlook a few things.
Now, the special effects are definitely on the cheap side (the opening credits play over a panoramic view of a bombed-out New York City, which is obviously a model), but they aren't so bad that they detract from the movie as a whole. What does detract, however, is the dialogue, which ranges from bad one minute to downright pathetic the next (the exchange between the hero and his girl towards the end of the film, where they try to wrap everything up in a nice, neat “all you need is love” package, is particularly cringe-inducing).
Yet I wouldn't quite place 2019: After the Fall of New York in the 'so bad it's good' category, mostly because some aspects of the film are legitimately good. For one, the post-apocalyptic set pieces are very well-done; the streets and buildings look convincingly dilapidated, and the handful of scenes that take place in the rat-infested sewers are very effective. Also impressive are some of the film's action scenes (I especially liked the battle in the bus depot), and there are enough of them to keep things moving along at a decent pace.
Given a chance, 2019: After the Fall of New York proves to be a good, though not great, bit of escapist entertainment.
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