A Boy and His Dog (1975)

a boy and his dogA Boy and His Dog (1975)

Directed by: L.Q. Jones

Starring: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton

three-stars

A post-apocalyptic sci-fi survival story based on a series of novels by Harlan Ellison? Yes please, I’ll take one of those. The 70’s and 80’s were the heyday of the post-apocalyptic film, which means that nowadays they all seem pretty generic, and the only way to tell which are the most influential are by how many specific references there are to them in the Fallout series of video games. Of which there are a few for this movie.

In the far-off future year of 2024, after the fourth world war, a horny teen and his wise psychic dog are trolling the wasteland for food and dames, both of which are scarce. The kid finds one girl and falls in lust with her, to the point where he decides to go back to her underground hometown with her, where they occasionally bring dumb guys so they can shore up the gene pool and then get killed.

That really is a danger you have to be aware of in the post-apocalypse, there’s always crazy societies of people that are either going to take your precious bodily fluids or eat you (which I guess is more or less the same thing). The addition of a cranky but highly intelligent dog which can speak to the kid in his mind is creative, and interesting enough to make this movie stand out more amongst the billions of other similar movies. I still can’t really recommend ANY post-apocalyptic movie in good conscious  since they are all so damn similar, but this is one of the better ones I’ve seen.

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