15 January 2011

11 Jan - "He doesn't have a name so death can't find him!"

Waterworld (1995)

dir. Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, 1991)

Kevin Costner (JFK, 1991)
Jeanne Tripplehorn (Big Love (TV), 2006-2011)
Tina Majorino (Napoleon Dynamite, 2004)
Dennis Hopper (Choke, 2001)
Jack Black (King Kong, 2005)
Robert LaSardon (Bubble Boy, 2001)

My brother says that Waterworld is a knock-off on Mad Max. To that I say, I never really cared for Mad Max anyway, but I DO like Waterworld, even though it's commonly referred to as the worst movie ever conceived. And to be sure, there are an awful lot of plot holes, like how all that contemporary stuff remains preserved on the surface of the water for thousands of years. And the whole "Smoker" culture seems terribly unsustainable. I mean - imagine a whole world utterly devoid of natural resources besides fishies and dirt derived from decomposing bodies. There shouldn't be any wood, there shouldn't be any metal. None of it makes sense and certainly they can't be affording to decimate the scant stuff they've got at the rate that occurs in this movie.

Kevin Costner is a particularly dull actor. Really, he can pretty much suck the emotional reaction out of any scene. Waterworld isn't awesome because of the acting, although I think Dennis Hopper does a fine job, it's because of the crazy atmosphere and the technical scenes of sails unfurling and gears grinding. Waterworld = what a whacky place!

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