Release year: 1995
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Screenwriter: Peter Rader, David Twohy
Starring: Kevin Costner, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Dennis Hopper, Michael Jeter, Gerard Murphy, R.D. Call
Ratings: 1 Oscar nomination: Best Sound
In a future where the polar ice has melted and left Earth almost entirely covered by water, the remains of human civilization love on floating communities, defending their sparse supplies from the criminal Smokers attacking like grasshoppers leaving everything ruined behind them. A lone drifter (Costner) is dragged into a fight he doesn’t want, when the Smokers attack a community he is in, looking for a girl (Majorino) with a tattoo that rumour says leads you to the mythological Dryland.
At its own time, Waterworld where harmed by the talk of troubled production and bad weather making the movie the most expensive at its time, leading to an expectation it couldn’t possible live up to. But watching it today, it is possible to appreciate it for what it is without all the fuzz; an inventive and well-acted futuristic action picture. Costner (Dances With Wolves, 1990) has earlier proven himself good as the strong, lonely wolf and also delivers a strong performance here, as the lone drifter with a secret. He gets great support from Tripplehorn (The Firm, 1993) and young Majorino (Napoleon Dynamite, 2004) while Hopper’s (Speed, 1994) villain occasionally threatens to move into a cartoonish bad guy. The setting is well thought out and the action works well in a movie that can be best described as Mad Max on water. So, if you have stayed clear of this because of its box office bomb rumour, maybe it is time to give it a shot. It deserves it.
A custom 60 foot (18 m) yacht was designed by Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot-Prevost and built in France by Lagoon. Two versions were built, a relatively standard racing trimaran for distance shots, and an effects-laden transforming trimaran for closeup shots.
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Picture copyrights: UIP