Sunday, July 31, 2011

Movie Moments: #96


Waterworld (1995)

More sci fi.  You may have gathered that I am a sci fi fan, both written and visual. I also like The End of Civilization movies, they present a blank canvas for writer and director to work on.  This is such a movie.  Whilst it is cool to rubbish Kevin Costner and his movies, I like him, I like most of his movies (although I didn’t even finish The Postman) and I like this movie.  Having said that, I still think that anyone who passes up Jeanne Tripplehorn to cruise the oceans must have been out in the sun on his own for too long.

It is the future.  The ice caps have melted and the oceans have risen several hundred metres.  Every continent is now covered by water.  Those remnants of the human race which survive do so by living on islands made up of scrap and debris, referred to as atolls, preyed upon by pirates known as “smokers”.  The Mariner, a drifter (no pun intended) who is a mutant who has developed gills and webbed feet and hands, reluctantly befriends a woman and a young girl said to possess the secret of the whereabouts of dry land.

Deacon: Let's have an intelligent conversation here: I'll talk, and you listen.


Prior to Titanic, it was the most expensive movie ever made.  It was widely considered to be one of the biggest box-office bombs of all time and came to be nicknamed "Kevin's Gate" after Heaven’s Gate and "Fishtar", after Ishtar, two previous mega bombs.  However, although the budget was $175m, after international sales and VHS/DVD returns, the film made about $100m profit.

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