Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Germany/USA/France, 2006. Universal Pictures, Cherry Road Films, Darko Entertainment, MHF Zweite Academy Film, Eden Roc Productions, Persistent Entertainment, Academy Film, Destination Films, Inferno Distribution, Wild Bunch. Screenplay by Richard Kelly. Cinematography by Steven Poster. Produced by Bo Hyde, Sean McKittrick, Kendall Rhodes, Matthew Rhodes. Music by Moby. Production Design by Alec Hammond. Costume Design by April Ferry. Film Editing by Sam Bauer. Cannes Film Festival 2006.
Following a nuclear attack on Texas in the mid-2000s, America has become a completely militarized war state, run by super-paranoid corporations and ultra-conservative politicians. At the centre of this multi-character story are a movie star with amnesia (Dwayne Johnson) whose latest script is eerily reminiscent of current events, a porn star (Sarah Michelle Gellar) looking to become a popular celebrity journalist, and a dirty cop (Seann William Scott) who is actually filling in for his twin brother who is being held captive by ultra-liberal terrorists. Richard Kelly attempts a fascinating dystopian mosaic that is destroyed by a boring and overdone allegory and a collection of characters who are all dull cliches. The hyperkinetic visual motif that aims to be critical of overly intrusive modern media comes across as blatantly judgmental instead of wryly clever, and the film is too busy being smart-ass to ever be fun or interesting.