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Paul W.S. Anderson
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About the Movie
Golden Globe-nominee Kurt Russell ("Breakdown," "Executive Decision") stars in his most explosive role ever. A hardened warrior of the future, raised to kill without emotion, suddenly discovers his humanity when a woman and her young son nurse his battle wounds. In return, he leads a heroic defense when their colony is attacked. A classic western set in the high-tech future co-starring Jason Scott Lee ("Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"), Golden Globe and Oscar-nominee Gary Busey ("The Firm," "Under Siege"), Connie Nielsen ("The Devil's Advocate") and Michael Chiklis ("The Commish").
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 51
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 46
- Average Rating: 3.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The action is strictly routine.
Rotten: A waste of snappy set decoration!
Rotten: With a cheerful disregard for characterization and visual texture, Anderson relies on his cgi-jocks and set dressers to flesh out David Webb Peoples's by-the-numbers script.
Rotten: It's a big, clanging, brutal, actioner in which we search the murk in vain for the sparks of humanity the moviemakers keep promising us.
While I'm not claiming that this was Oscar-worthy acting or a futuristic "Saving Private Ryan" this was a good film. It defnitely deserves better than a 10% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
There are some excellent aspects of the storytelling that I think are lost on most audiences. For example, pay attention to how the civilians look at and react to Todd, even when he clearly means them no harm. There is some very real truth in that today, and this is coming from an Iraq War veteran.
The action sequences are top-notch and believable. The hand to hand is solidly brutal, and the final shootout between Todd and the new soldiers is the epitome of the "youth and skill vs. old age and treachery" axiom. There are several sequences that will bother most people, and they should. Some aspects of war are entertaining while some are downright horrifying.
No, this isn't a 5 star film, but it certainly earned 4 in my book.
I loved this movie, full story line.
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Released: 1998
- © 1998 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.