In a futuristic world where the polar ice caps have melted and made Earth a liquid planet, a beautiful barmaid rescues a mutant seafarer from a floating island prison. They escape, along with her young charge, Enola, and sail off aboard his ship. But the trio soon becomes the target of a menacing pirate who covets the map to 'Dryland'—which is tattooed on Enola's back.
Waterworld (1995) is a movie that I have always adored, is in my DVD collection and is currently available on Netflix. The storyline follows a futuristic society where the world has been completely covered in water and resources are hard to find and very valuable for trade. Everyone is in survival mode and is looking for the legendary land which some people think is a myth and some think is a lie. When a strange mutant arrives at an outpost with worldly things and encounters a child with strange marks on her body...the outpost becomes a launching pad for a battle to find clues to land.
This movie is directed by Kevin Reynolds (Robinhood: Prince of Thieves) and stars Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves), Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider), Jeanne Tripplehorn (The Firm), Tina Majorino (Napoleon Dynamite), Zakes Mokae (The Serpent and the Rainbow) and Leonardo Cimino (The Monster Squad).
This film is essentially Mad Max on water. I will never know why it initially received bad reviews and didn't do well in theatres. I love this movie. The costumes, circumstances and storyline are perfectly presented and very well executed. The cast is awesome and both Hopper and Costner played their characters to perfection. The special effects are very good as is the ruthlessness of the situations. The ending is also very rewarding and makes the long run time worth it.
Overall I will always feel this is an underrated gem that is very well done and worth your time. This is a science fiction, apocalyptic gem that is a must see. I would score this a 9/10.
Reviewed by Leofwine_draca4 / 10
All brawn, no brain
While not quite as bad as the critics would have you believe, this bloated blockbuster is still pretty awful. Enjoyable on a "switch off the brain" level, it lacks any real depth or intelligence to raise it above the ranks of other blockbuster fare. This is probably down to the troubled production and spiralling budget which plagued the film, and taught the producers that it was a bad idea to shoot the entire thing on water.
Indeed most of the budget has gone into simple location shooting, and there are no fancy special effects here. While there are a lot of stunts and gigantic explosions, these lack realism. One good moment comes where a CGI monster jumps out of the waves to eat Costner, and this works because it's brief. Otherwise it's the same old story. Plotwise, this is just a variant on the MAD MAX films, with a lone rebel fighting off a gang of bad guys in a post-apocalyptic world.
The dress sense is also stolen from the above films, as are most of the ideas. The acting from Kevin Costner in particular is pretty good, he plays an unlikeable, unsympathetic character here which makes a change from the norm. Dennis Hopper relishes the chance to go over the top once again as the lead bad guy, although he never poses a real threat to our hero. There is a funny scene involving Hopper and a false eyeball which is worth looking out for. The rest of the cast are pretty bad, although Jeanne Tripplehorn comes out with her dignity in the female lead. Zakes Mokae is wasted in a tiny blink-and-you'll-miss it cameo.
The action sequences are ruined due to the film's child-friendly rating. Just when it looks like something nice and violent is going to happen the film cuts away. It's fairly brutal for a kid's film but still disappointing for an adult. A glossy sheen tries to hide the lack of substance here, but fails. In the end, WATERWORLD is just another big-budget rip-off which shouldn't have been made in the first place.
Reviewed by SnoopyStyle5 / 10
financial failure with cinematic redeeming value
The Mariner (Kevin Costner) is a loner sailing his jerry-rigged trimaran through a world of water. Dry land has become mythical. He battles pirates known as Smokers and thieves that roam the ocean. He freedives with his gills to salvage from the drowned cities. He arrives at a floating settlement to trade his recovered dirt. The locals discover him to be a mutant and take him prisoner. The town is attacked by the Smokers led by the Deacon (Dennis Hopper). Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn) and Enola (Tina Majorino) rescue the Mariner and they escape. Enola has a tattoo on her back which could point to dry land.
This is an infamous financial failure although it's not a complete cinematic failure. I really like the concept of a waterworld and some of the action. There are still many problems which keep me from recommending this movie. Dennis Hopper is too much of a cartoon villain. He needs to be more realistic to be threatening. It's trying to follow the Mad Max model but it doesn't quite work. Also for a water-borne adventure, this really lacks a storm sequence. It should be simple to transfer Mad Max onto the waters but I stop caring once they get on the tanker. I like the world of the trimaran a lot more and wish they stay there.