02nd Nov2021

‘A New World Order’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Stefan Ebel, Siri Nase, Nikolai Will, Michelle Wiesemes | Written by Daniel Raboldt, Thorsten Franzen | Directed by Daniel Raboldt

It’s perhaps a little surprising that we didn’t get a bunch of low budget A Quiet Place clones after the movies sucess. In theory (but obviously not so much in practice), it’s a relatively easy film to replicate. I could see plenty of inexperienced directors believing they could give it a go. But I have [thankfully] not seen any evidence of this. We did get Netflix hit Bird Box, starting Sandra Bullock, that received comparisons to A Quiet Place but it wasn’t a whole lot like it and it was based on a book. So, that’s where A New World Order comes in… with its sci-fi spin on A Quiet Place.

In it we see “a wounded deserter escape the war against machines and allying himself with a female resistance fighter to survive or maybe end the enemy”.

In fairness to the movie it doesn’t feel too much of a copy of A Quiet Place. Obviously the characters not speaking will always give it comparisons but the filmmakers are trying to make a different movie here. Disappointingly the use of sign language isn’t as clear or prominent here. It’s a big aspect of A Quiet Place and something I loved about the film but in A New World Order it feels more like people gesturing and half whispering while writing down notes to each other. I felt more effort could have been put into this aspect of the movie.

A New World Order looks surprisingly good for a relatively low budget affair. A lot of the cinematography is nice and there’s a good use of the (I believe) German scenery. Not only is it beautiful and the many birds eye view shots show this gloriously but it slideshows the vastness of the land and the isolation they are in. Nothing could show this off better.

The sci-fi element of the movie also looks good. A mix of giant a small drone-like robots cover the area and are often shown. Even the biggest robots show a good use of CGI with explosions even doing their job well. I was expecting the metallic villains to stay hidden for large parts of the film but the director has been brave in showing them off and it’s a risk that was worth taking.

A New World Order is far from perfect though. The two lead actors do find but sometimes struggle with the small use of dialogue, while the ‘no speaking’ seems almost irrelevant when one of the characters decided to drive off in a car! To be fair, an explanation is at least given but it didn’t work for me. I wasn’t completely gripped by the story and the plight of the characters who didn’t seem to have a lot about them. They do have back stories that we learn more about as the film goes on but it mostly felt quite generic.

A sci-fi version of A Quiet Place might sound lazy and obvious but it’s exactly what this movie is. It was never likely to hit the highs of that movie but it does plenty of things well and never out stays its welcome. Science fiction fans will know doubt enjoy this one the most.

*** 3/5

A New World Order is out now DVD and Digital from Reel 2 Reel Films.


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