Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (1982)

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Popularly referred to as “Turkish Star Wars”, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam is a baffling experience. It lifts footage from Star Wars without batting an eye, as well as its music. Music is also blithely stolen from other movies like Ben-Hur and Flash Gordon; many action sequences are set to the main theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Then again, it’s understandable why Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam would opt to steal so much material when its original content is so utterly insane. Our two heroes – possibly humans from Earth? Possibly not? – land on a planet – possibly Earth? Possibly not? – and are soon embroiled in a struggle against an evil wizard – possibly human? Possibly not? Our heroes must find a magical sword and, disturbingly, a preserved human brain – possibly Jesus’? Possibly not? – to imbue them with the powers to conquer evil. They must endure such trials and tortures as being submerged under sand for approximately four seconds. And constantly, above all, they must deal with arguably the biggest threat of all: their own libidos, as they spend most of the movie talking about women and how much they want to have sex with them. Peppered with action scenes involving fights against evil henchmen clad in cheap fluffy bear costumes, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam is certainly an experience. But it’s not one that anyone could ever remotely confuse with watching Star Wars.

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