Southland Tales

Southland Tales

Southland Tales

From the director of the brilliant Donnie Darko, comes the cryptic, apocalyptic Southland Tales. Set in (then-futuristic) 2008 Los Angeles, the city stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. A large ensemble cast of characters includes Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson), an action star stricken with amnesia, Krysta Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar), an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Roland Taverner (Seann William Scott), a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

Sadly and very frustratingly for those eagerly awaiting Richard Kelly’s follow-up, this had major delays in reaching NZ screens. The film first premiered in Cannes 2006 and was, by and large, despised. Variety said “Rarely has a picture been so self-consciously designed to be a culturally meaningful touchstone, and fallen so woefully short”. "Bollocks!" we said at the time. "Let us see it!" The film was recut and made 20 minutes shorter, but upon release still fared poorly at the box office and with critics. Today, Southland Tales enjoys a cult following amongst fans who feel it was unfairly maligned. 

2008Rating: MA15+160 minsGermany, USA
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Total Film

Total Film

Finally emerges as an admirably bold dud. Trying to sum up EVERYTHING that’s wrong in the world in one kaleidoscopic go, it’s messy, misshapen and curiously muffled. Seems the world does end with a whimper after all...

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Time Out

Time Out

One of the smartest, funniest, most audacious -- and most mournful -- films of the year.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A funny, audacious, messy and feverishly inspired look at America and its discontents.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Frustrating and finally rather pointless.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

A Schwarzeneggerian actor, related to a political dynasty, has been kidnapped, replaced with a double, and -- I give up. A plot synopsis would require that the movie have a plot.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A bold and sometimes garbled take on modern American politics, this nevertheless marks an effective and surprisingly funny comeback for a film that many deemed to be DOA.

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