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September 16, 2016
for the serious historian only....has ed harris ever made a movie set in the present?
August 17, 2015
Spectacularly bad film involves Ed Harris as an American mercenary leader taking control of Nicaragua. Strange, self-indulgent garbage. One of the worst movies I've seen.
September 13, 2014
This is truly a horrifying film. Not in the sense of the content, but in terms of it's delivery.
There was a period in the 1980's where men sought to make terrible films about dark times and make them tolerable to watch by introducing surreal elements.
The fact is, it actually makes the contents somewhat grotesque. One could argue this is the point, but is actually just a horrible experience. There is no real point to this film. You don't learn anything useful about history, you don't enjoy it, and you feel like a worse person from watching it.
It is only at the very end, during the credits, that one realises the director was trying to make a serious political point about the united state's involvement in Nicaragua in general, and by then it is far, far too late.
Overall I would not recommend watching this. Ever. Do yourself a favour and pick up an actual history book, instead. You will do yourself and Nicaragua justice by doing so. Watching this film will only make you feel sick, and stupid.
May 25, 2014
"Walker" - Mr. Ebert's ghost: zero stars?
½ April 28, 2014
Walker's poor reception makes me seriously doubt the aesthetic faculties of the so-called critic. But Canby of the NYT got it right at the time. Read his review. This is a brilliant, funny, merciless satire of American values as they relate to South America (and, perhaps, further into our country's shameful imperial reach).
February 5, 2014
An unusual and fascinating biographical film that is at times entertaining and at other times frustrating.
December 31, 2013
weird trippy bio-pic of sorts from the director of the original 'repo man'
October 28, 2013
Probably one of the most unique biopics ever made, Cox's tale of the mercenary turned president is certainly an interesting piece. Led by an impeccable and iron-faced Harris as the idealistic Walker, the film offers solid production values (on location, nonetheless) and an interesting, almost mocking score by Joe Strummer that takes on more a 'Carnival!' flavour than Morricone or Jarre. However, its satire of America's hamfisted foreign policies and interference in external affairs never feels as full blooded or daring as it should be, and its integration of more modern creations never quite mixes in seamlessly and is introduced too late in the film's already short runtime.
August 6, 2013
After Repo Man (1984) and Sid and Nancy (1986) became minor hits, Alex Cox was given the opportunity by Universal Pictures to make whatever he wanted, no questions asked. Cox teamed up with screenwriter Rudy Wurlitzer (Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (1973)), to make this surreal, other-worldly western, which is one of a kind and absolutely insane, but it says a lot about American invasion. In 1853, William Walker (Ed Harris), a soldier-of-fortune, is asked by millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt (Peter Boyle) to go to Nicaragua and overthrow the government down there. He takes 60 mercenaries with him, and the plan is that Vanderbilt can open up a shipping lane in Nicaragua between the Atlantic and Pacific. However, it all seems to go too well for Walker, as soon as the government is overthrown, Walker finds himself elected as President of Nicaragua. He has a mistress in Doņa Yrena (Blanca Guerra), and from 1855 to 1857, became delusional with power, and essentially a brutal dictator, angering Vanderbilt back in America. When Cox made this film, it was at the height of the Contra War in Nicaragua, around the time America became involved. But, it has some insane yet deliberate anachronisms throughout. Plus, there's a mad supporting cast including Rene Auberjonois, Joe Strummer, Edward Tudor-Pole and Kathy Burke. Cox never worked in Hollywood again after this.
½ August 5, 2013
The comparassions to Walker and the Contras is lost on a lot of people...this is the type of film you either get it or you don't..I got it..and I enjoyed it.
½ July 2, 2013
This bizarre 80's western unfolds in such an disorganized fashion that neither its violence of its political satire land any real blows
May 13, 2013
Love it or hate it, you'll probably never see a film quite like this one. Alex Cox's catch-all psychedelic Zapata Western is an experience. Cox lays his political message on thick with beautiful music from Joe Strummer, fantastic on-location shooting in Nicaragua, bloody Peckinpah style gun battles, and a ton of seemingly random and bizarre shit, for lack of a better word, all collide together to make this a pretty cool little movie. Probably requires a few viewings to completely digest.
½ December 9, 2012
I enjoyed this film, Even when it's 1855 and an Mil Mi-8 comes flying down and the US (Wrong helicopter by the way.) comes out and gets everyone and all of the sudden people are acting like a Helicopter is a normal everyday life in the 19th century. Yes I understand this had to have been some metaphoric meaning or something, which just added on to how great ad enjoyable this film was!
October 31, 2012
Performance of Ed Harris Is Very Good and that makes it worth watching.
½ July 15, 2012
Total crap. Totally agree with what Roger Ebert says in his review: "Some bad movies are in no hurry to announce themselves, but Walker declares its badness right from the opening titles."
July 12, 2012
Okay, first of all, do not expect historical or even temporal accuracy. What you do need to expect is an Acid Western in the vein of El Topo. If you can do that then you will get what Alex Cox is going for with Walker. This is a rather good film following the story of William Walker, but with many many liberties taken from it. A spiritual successor to the film "Burn!", Walker is a fun, violent, politically striking film which deals directly with imperialism and American interventionism. Walker is full of bizarre iconography and isn't in touch with it's own reality, but at no point does it ever compromise it's vision for what we think is right. If we allow Quentin Tarantino get away with re-writing WWII, then surely we can allow Alex Cox to do the same with Walker. At times the images are rather brutal, but never strays too far from camp value either. This is a funny film but it hits us with real truths and forces us to recognize them.
June 17, 2012
One day it will be looked upon as the great and ambitious film that it is.
June 13, 2012
Manifest destiny, blood squibs, brimstone, and surreal anachronisms make this memorable to say the least.
½ February 5, 2012
Unhinged, in a good way.
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