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Waterworld (1995)

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Critic Consensus: Though it suffered from toxic buzz at the time of its release, Waterworld is ultimately an ambitious misfire: an extravagant sci-fi flick with some decent moments and a lot of silly ones.

Movie Info

This epic sci-fi actioner is set 200 years in the future. The polar ice caps have melted, flooding the continents and creating a giant ocean. People are few and far between, living as sailors or on rickety atolls made from scrap metal; in this time, dry land is considered a myth and dirt and water have become the most valuable currency. The film begins as a mysterious Mariner aboard his ingenious trimaran urinates carefully into a small jar. He then pours the golden liquid into a filtration device that purifies it and makes it drinkable. The Mariner is self sufficient and eschews humanity, except for occasional stops for supplies. He is different from other humans in that he has developed functional gills and has webbed feet. Such a mutation makes him a pariah. He cruises into a rusty atoll and tries to exchange dirt for supplies. The half-crazy people within the fortress end up putting him in a cage and planning to recycle him in a bubbling vat of green effluvium. Just before he is to die, the fortress is attacked by a flotilla of Smokers (tobacco addicted sea bikers) led by the bald, one-eyed and crazy Deacon who has come to search for a little girl with a strange tattoo on her back that is said to be a map leading to dry land. The girl and her mother escape with the reluctant Mariner. Eventually Deacon and the Smokers capture the girl and it is up to the fishy stranger to save her from their hulking lair (which turns out to be the notorious wreck of the Exxon Valdez).more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Rader, David Twohy, David N. Twohy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 1998
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

R.D. Call
as Enforcer
Rick Aviles
as Gatesman
Kim Coates
as Drifter No. 2
Chaim Jeraffi
as Drifter No. 1
John Fleck
as Doctor
Robert Joy
as Ledger Guy
John Toles-Bey
as Plane Gunner
Sab Shimono
as Elder No. 1
Leonardo Cimino
as Elder No. 2
Zitto Kazann
as Elder No. 3/Survivor...
Ric Aviles
as Gatesman
Rita Zohar
as Atoller
Greg Goossen
as Sawzall Smoker
August Neves
as Old Atoller
Neil Giuntoli
as Hellfire Gunner
Gregory B. Goossen
as Sawzall Smoker
Ari Barak
as Atoll Man
Alexa Jago
as Atoll Woman
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Critic Reviews for Waterworld

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (12)

It's a genuine vault at greatness that misses the mark -- but survives.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A moderately successful guy's movie with both weak and strong elements where lots of things are brilliantly blown up and few things make any kind of sense.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

If the story seems a little waterlogged, it's still big, loud, and fun to watch.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Has the makings of a cult movie.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

It's borderline halfway decent. For the first 25 minutes or so, it's even actually good, in its derivative way.

Full Review… | November 16, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Regardless of faults, I embrace Waterworld as the pure matinee escapism it was intended to be, readily devouring the sci-fi excitement both Reynolds and Costner are happy to dish up.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
BrianOrndorf.com

Audience Reviews for Waterworld

I think this movie got ragged far more than it needed to. Kevin Costner wasnt given a break at the time and the huge budget was just insane. But I enjoyed the movie.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

Excellent! Only took me 17 years to get around to it...

flutieman07
Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

½

Waterworld is famous for being one of the biggest flops in cinematic history. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive motion picture ever produced. So is the question is, "is Waterworld the worst film ever made?" Definitely not. In fact Waterworld is an awesome action adventure epic. Sure the film has its numerous flaws, but it's really entertaining, and deserves more credit than it deserves. This film is loads of fun to watch, and despite the fact that it doesn't really boast likeable characters, it more than makes up for it with exciting action. Waterworld is visually appealing and is reminiscent of The Road Warrior, albeit not as well acted or awesome as The Road Warrior. I really think that Wterworld is underrated. Sure the film is at times silly, and is not perfect, but for the most part this is still an entertaining film that delivers on the action. Dennis Hopper plays the villain and he brings a certain morbid comic relief to the role, much like his role in Speed. Waterworld is very much underrated and it's not as bad as what everyone has said it was. The plot is weak at times, but the action makes up for it. The film is silly too, but overall it's simply a very entertaining action adventure. The cast are good, and if you enjoy some mindless action film, Waterworld delivers the thrills that you'd expect. A very underrated film that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. The film is not perfect, but it's constantly exciting, and fun, epic with a great cast. Don't believe the negative reviews, this is one impressive adventure.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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