Fans of classic cult futurism like Hardware and the Mad Max series, fused with a hint of Hanna, will find much to appeal to them in this film. It has all the makings of a movie that will be destined to get mentions and plenty of exposure as time goes on.
Dutch actor Julia Batelaan (best known in Holland for the soap opera Good Times, Bad Times) plays the title protagonist Molly, a lone renegade in a post-apocalyptic world (which strangely still seems to have a lot of greenery and natural life).
However, she does appear to possess mystical powers which an evil sadistic ringmaster wants to show to the world he rules over, on a cluster of off-shore complex of raised, stilted constructions. In the midst of her struggle to survive, she encounters a young girl, Bailey, whose parents have been captured by the ringmaster, whom she takes under her wing. However, the ringmaster's solders have been told to capture Molly and to bring her back to the complex, but not before Molly has some fight to take to them...
Molly does have a lot of flaws and some elements of convenience when it comes to plot, a little bit like Escape from New York, which help move the story where it needs to go.
Still, what it lacks in substance, it more than makes up for with the action and production design, with a touch of half-decent visual effects thrown in. Batelaan evokes guts and spirit as the title character and is an actress to watch for the long-term.
MOLLY / CERT: TBC / DIRECTORS: COLINDA BONGERS, THIJS MEUWESE / SCREENPLAY: THIJS MEUWESE / STARRING: JULIA BATELAAN, EMMA DE PAAUW, JOOST BOLT, ANNELIES APPELHOF / RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 2ND (US), TBC (UK)