Release Date: November 14, 2007
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle
Gellar, Seann William Scott,
Curtis Armstrong, Cheri Oteri,
Nora Dunn, Miranda Richardson,
Justin Timberlake, Wallace
Shawn, Mandy Moore, Amy
Poehler, Jon Lovitz, Bai Ling,
Holmes Osborne, and John
Runtime: 144 minutes
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Director: Richard Kelly
Executive Producer: Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel,
Oliver Hengst, Katarina K.
Hyde, Judd Payne, and Tedd
Producer: Sean McKittrick, Bo Hyde,
Kendall Morgan, and Matthew
Writer: Richard Kelly
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Set in an alternate history occurring between 2005 and New Year’s Eve 2007, the story is an apocalyptic tale about a goofy capitalist, a movie star with amnesia kidnapped by Marxist-Leninist terrorists, a Republican running for president and his wife who heads up a secret spy agency, a policeman searching for his doppelganger twin, a singing drug dealer, a female porn star with her own Cable TV talk show, and the End of the World. The movie star, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is the husband of the presidential candidate’s daughter. Their fates all converge at the unveiling of a huge zeppelin powered by the capitalist’s new energy source.
SOUTHLAND TALES uses the apocalypse described in the Book of Revelation as its starting point, but any resemblance to biblical truth ends there. The movie’s worldview otherwise is a New Age pagan mishmash with little moral sense or common sense. The funniest, most clever jokes are a couple arcane allusions to the work of Philip K. Dick, which this movie unsuccessfully tries to emulate. The problem is, writer and director Richard Kelly throws too many things into his story without rhyme or reason. Thus, the text seems dense, and it is, but the overall result is scattered confusion, not coherent clarity.
The movie also contains lots of strong foul language, crude sexual content and very strong violence.
When all is said and done, SOUTHLAND TALES is not worthy of being deciphered, even if this bizarre puzzle could be put together by someone. That is not true of the movie’s artistic hero, Philip K. Dick, who, in his more lucid ad provocative moments, is worth contemplating perhaps.
SOUTHLAND TALES uses the apocalypse described in the Book of Revelation as its starting point, but any resemblance to biblical truth ends there. The movie’s worldview is a New Age pagan mishmash with little common sense, and no proper theology. The problem is, the writer and director throws in too many bizarre ideas and strange characters, plus lots of strong foul language, crude sexual content and some strong violence. The result is scattered political and spiritual confusion, with no coherent clarity or redemptive morality.