Zardoz

Critics Consensus

Zardoz is ambitious and epic in scope, but its philosophical musings are rendered ineffective by its supreme weirdness and rickety execution.

48%

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Total Count: 29

53%

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A resident of 23rd-century Earth becomes involved in a revolution after discovering the hidden truth about society's rulers in director John Boorman's sci-fi drama. Sean Connery plays Zed, the central rebel, who begins the film as a member of the Exterminators, a band of skilled assassins who exact a reign of terror over the lesser Brutals. The Exterminators answer only to their god, a gigantic stone image known as Zardoz. Haunted by doubt about Zardoz's true divinity, Zed chooses to investigate. His disbelief is confirmed when the god proves to be a fraudulent tool of the Eternals, a secret society of brilliant immortals who pretend to divinity in order to exploit the masses. Knowing the truth, Zed sets out to reveal the hoax and destroy the Eternals' unjust rule. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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  • Jun 22, 2018
    All sci-fi have the imprint of the times that made them and few as much as this one, a gloriously wild and futuristic party that ultimately goes nowhere. Society has found a way to cheat death, it appears, but that's about all. Nothing else seems worthwhile afterwards and so life becomes a bore, a party wherein everyone's heard all the jokes that there are. Connery's character, named Zed (get it?) is created then to kill the endless monotony, and everyone else. It's an ambitious work with a unique take on the future and interesting, particularly with it's partier's eye for entertainment (which matches succinctly with the view of most sci-fi devotees). Most worthy.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Rented Zardoz for some 70s campiness and trippiness. I was hoping it would be awful and fun. I found it to be surprisingly serious and curious. It is difficult to tell everything the filmmaker was trying to convey with all the mysticism but there certainly was a lot of effort put into this film. I can't exactly say it was a good film but it was interesting, memorable, and worth the view.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2012
    This is by far one the most bizarre film I have ever witness. I'm just completely baffled that such a movie was made. Zardoz does have a plot, but it's told in a such a bizarre manner you'll still be confuse even when it's explained to you. It started with Zardoz floating head who for some reason has a mustache and beard drawn on with markers talking to you. Somehow the movie gets even weirder, literally in the first ten minutes you'll see a giant stone head say "The Gun is good! The penis, is, EVIL!" and then vomits out guns. Then you'll be asking how did Sean Connery get inside the giant stone head? Why are there nude women in plastic bags? Why did Sean Connery shoot Zardoz? All in the span of ten minutes you'll be confuse and have no idea what's going on. Zardoz is chuck full of moments that'll leave you baffle. There literally a scene where a scientist shows Sean Connery porn so they can study him getting an erection. There's also another scene that has Connery in a bridesmaid outfit and throwing woman in a pile of hay in another scene. Confused? You should be, yet somehow the plot makes sense and is interesting an a weird way. The longer you watch Zardoz the less sense it makes, unless of course you're drunk than it'll make complete and utter sense. The plot of Zardoz is simply something that has to be seen to believe. It's truly hilarious writing, like how Connery character could read books even though he told us he never seen a book in his life. Or the hilarious moment where Connery is momentarily blind and gets tangled in yarn, in which a character panic and says "He's out of control". Though my favorite bizarre moment is when Connery is running away from the immortals from I can comprehend, and hides behind some rock shape house or something. When out of no where he's surrounded by people who all want to taste Connery, clearly the writers had to be smoking something in order to come up with Zardoz. Putting plot aside, the imagery is absolute the strangest thing I've seen. It's like director John Boorman is intentionally trying to mess with your head. The acting is laughably bad, it's a miracle Sean Connery had a career after this movie. Finally, who can forget about the ending. I honestly have no idea what make of it, it's simply Sean and some women sitting in the same place until they become nothing but dust. What does the ending symbolizes, I got no idea and I've watched the damn thing. Zardoz is a bizarre filmed that doesn't make much sense, yet satisfies at some level. If you want something strange, hilarious, and original, go into Zardoz.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2011
    An underrated futuristic social satire that is definitely self-indulgent but also more thought-provoking and smart than it appears to be, while its mind-blowing visuals and bizarre dialogue contribute to give shape to a surrealistic allegory that is both fascinating and original.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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