This movie’s production costs were $80 million and it grossed double that, so it probably made money.
The Hughes Brothers
Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Jennifer Beals, Francis de la Tour, Michael Gambon, Tom Waits, Malcolm McDowell
In a post-apocalyptic landscape a lone nomad makes his way across the country, facing dangers as he goes and subduing the opposition until he arrives in a bleak township being controlled by a gang leader who has access to the water supply. The gangster is searching for a book which he thinks will give him considerable power, a copy of which is being carried by the traveller. The daughter of the gangster’s mistress joins the traveller and together they continue their journey.
The landscape shows signs of conflict, travellers are attacked and sometimes killed, the nomad is faced with many dangers but seems to have divine help. The towns are dusty and distressed and there is almost constant tension. There are implied rapes seen from a distance, but no nudity. Water, if available, is the tipple of choice.
My recording system discarded this film before I had finished watching it, but I had seen it before and, because I would really have liked to have seen the second half again, I have decided to review it anyway. A definite watch for those of us who enjoy an outing into the dystopian future.
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