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Critic Reviews for Zardoz
Such a wildly ambitious misfire that you can't help but root for it, or at least feel some twisted sense of affection for it.
Boorman puts a lot of heavy concepts into Zardoz, but seems uncertain whether he takes them seriously himself.
Weird, fatuous and tedious fantasy futuristic sci-fi cult film.
While it can't hope to achieve its grand ambitions, it's smart, it has some sharp dialogue, and the surrealism-on-a-shoestring visuals are undeniably striking.
Pretty contrived sci-fi with leathery Sean Connery.
Audience Reviews for Zardoz
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.
An "outlander" mortal killer stows away inside a flying head to reach "the vortex," a land of bored immortals who view him as either a threat, a curiosity, or a savior. The crazy mix of high camp (Sean Connery running around in a red diaper), serious speculative sci-fi and budget psychedelic effects could only have been made in the 1970s; it's a highly entertaining cult movie time capsule.
This is the weirdest sci-fi movie of the 70s, I think. The story is confusing until the end, and then you realize it was really stupid anyway. I hated it.
|Zed:||Zardoz speaks to you.|
|Arthur Frayn:||I am Arthur Frayn, and I am Zardoz.|
|Avalow:||Death approaches! We are all mortal again! Now we can say 'yes' to death, but never again 'no'. Now, we must make our farewells: to each other, to the sun and moon, trees and sky, earth and rock; the landscape of our long waking-dream.|
|Zed:||What is it you want?|
|Friend:||Sweet death. Oblivion.|
|Zed:||For yourself, or for the whole Vortex?|
|Friend:||For everybody. An end to the human race. It has plagued this pretty planet for far too long.|