To this day, this one dystopian future action movie still has a reputation as being one of the most notorious movies ever. At the time, it had the biggest budget for a movie and the results on the screen were less then stellar: a giant water tank housing rusty boats and sets. Really. Does that look like it's worth the 100 million plus dollars this cost? No it doesn't. Add on top that it's only an average movie and well, you have a reputation that not even Cutthroat Island made months later could defeat with it's even worse take at the box office. For those interested, Waterworld did bomb in the states but with combined international grosses, DID make back it's budget and some more, so it was NOT a flop.
The movie is set in the future where it seems Al Gore was right, and that the polar ice caps have melted away and covered the Earth in water. Some survived and many didn't and structures of sorts were created to house the survivors and where the privateers can come and trade for things like fresh water or tools. Costner is the unnamed Mariner who owns a nifty boat and apparently knows something about dry land. The world is also inhabited by a group of pirates called Smokers who smoke plenty of tobbacco and ride Jetskis. The Smoker's invade the structure where the Mariner is and where a woman and a small girl also live. The girl has a tattoo on her back that may be a clue to dry land and the Smokers are after her. After escaping, the girl and woman slowly make friends with the Mariner as the Smokers close in on them.
The performances? Well Kevin Costner is the lead so that means he'll be kinda boring, kinda interesting. Dennis Hopper is insane as always and Thora Birch who plays the little girl can't shut up. She is always talking. Jeanne Tripplehorn is the woman who watches after Enola the girl and I liked her. She was cute. That reminds me. did this movie really just impair her career that badly that I never saw her again, or just keep missing things she appears in? Some characters are just in the background like the man who watches the oil in the Smokers hidout and some are annoying like the oldman who's flying machine barely works so yeah, the movie didn't win awards for acting.
The story was interesting for what it was but there are a lot of plotholes that really add up, such as where the food comes from, how many of these people have skin cancer from being out in the sun all day. Where is the oxygen coming from if there are no trees (unless it comes from something else and I don't know) why do the Smokers have so much tobbacco and do they actually have gardens.....I can go on. Rather then answer these questions and maybe show more as to how these people cope in this world and be a neat sci fi movie that takes it's time and shows struggles against the environment, it says "screw the questions, here's s**t blowing up" and in that end, this movie does have some pretty violent stuff. It's not Paul Verhoven or John Woo violent but it's close in some places.
Pros, the movie isn't horrible as you've heard and it's a decent movie for a Saturday afternoon. The cons, the movie doesn't look like much considering the money involved and there are a lot of those plotholes that are a little too hard to ignore. If your lucky and don't nitpick it too much then it can be okay.
If you like the dystopian action movies, then this one is certainly one to check out. If you like Dennis Hopper or Kevin Costner, then yeah, it's worth checking out too. I hoped for more, I got less and hey thats life I guess. Life on the ocean.....drinking your piss..........theres a metaphor in there somewhere.
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Waterworld is a 1995 post-apocalyptic action science fiction film. The film was directed by Kevin Reynolds and co-written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. It is based on Rader's original 1986 screenplay and stars Kevin Costner, who also produced it. It was distributed by Universal Pictures.
The film release was accompanied by a tie-in novel and video game, and also two popular themed attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan based on the film, called Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular, which are both still running as of 2009.