Afghanistan: Last War Bus / L'ultimo bus di guerra (1989)

2.5 out of 5

A school bus in a war zone? Sound familiar? It should! Because Afghanistan: Last War Bus is a sequel. Indeed, it repeats the formula from the original, Vietnam based, Warbus. Albeit with a different cast. And a different bus, erm, probably. Nevertheless, on the whole, this is a film in the same ballpark. Think Rambo, think The Gauntlet. It's that sort of thing.

This is Macaroni combat in its purest and silliest. It is simply bad-ass bread and butter for those who enjoyed Inglorious Bastards, 5 For Hell, Double Target or Commando Leopard. So, it's not Beach Red and it's not All Quiet on the Western Front. It's a film about war being waged from the back of a pimped-up yellow school bus and, among all the exploding barrels and sandbags, the budget even stretches to a couple of Jeeps and a helicopter.

Indeed, those with a tolerance for dialogue that, mostly, consists of "look out!", "get down!" or "arghhhhh" will have a blast. After all, it's obvious that director Pierluigi Ciriaci wants viewers to have fun with this. Besides, Mark Gregory and Bobby Rhodes is in it. Therefore it has gotta be worth a look.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics