It's always sad to witness the fall of a potentially great director, and even sadder when that fall happens after only two films. "Repo Man" wasn't a perfect film, but it sure was ambitious and different. Then three years later as a follow-up, Alex Cox gives us "Walker", a confused and bloody mess. There are so many laughs in this that you have to wonder if they were intentional. Witness the scene where Ed Harris signs to his deaf wife and then calls her a bitch, or how all of the action scenes feature some sort of action scene cliche like the slow-motion blood-splatter gun shot and the victims falling head first off a roof.
This had a story to tell, and I would have loved to learn something about the mysterious historical figure. But this movie isn't interested in teaching us anything or being an authentic history lesson. In fact, I have no idea what the point was supposed to be.
Harris is a fine actor, and he has a few good moments here, but not nearly enough of them. And after Marlee Matlin's Oscar win, she follows it up with a glorified cameo in this mess. She's dead in outside of fifteen minutes. And then there's the jarring, M. Night Shymalan moment when Time magazine and army helicopters show up. What does it all mean? Maybe Cox should clue us in.
"Walker" is a dreary movie-going experience. There's a good movie to be made out of this subject matter, but this ain't it.