Southland Tales

Southland Tales

(2008)

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.... More

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. Hide

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One star - for Dwayne 'The Rock' being okay and for the film's ne good scene - incredibly a song by Justin Timberlake! Yup - that's how bad this pretentious piece of drivel is. Seen a really really pretentious art student's film? Well, multiply that by a HUGE budget and you get this. Ouch!


This is very far out. Who knew the Rock was so great?!

Highly unpredicatble, can see how it was seen as a great failure, but personally enjoyed it a lot.


Southland Tales is bold, outrageous, and unforgiving. Not for everyone but just wait, this film like numerous cult films before it will eventually be highly regarded by critics who pulled it to pieces upon its initial release.

At the very least its a film with something to say. watch, make up your own mind.


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36% of critics recommend.
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