This movie should have done way better than it did.
The concept is quite novel, and the visual look of the movie is gorgeous. The characters are mighty darn colorful, too.
Kevin Costner is a flamboyant hero (accent on the buoyant . . . ), a mariner whose name is just Mariner, with the coolest catamaran that ever sailed the seven seas, except that in this movie there's only one sea – all the more reason to own the best ride money can buy.
Money in this strange world is actually dirt, even though we never see anybody who owns enough to grow a decent row of tomato plants.
Dennis Hopper is a delightfully deranged dictator, one of those bad guys you like so much you almost wish the hero wouldn’t blast him into fish bait at some point before the closing credits.
Young Tina Majorino proved that there are lots of talented child actors out there, and you wonder yet again why poor little Jake Lloyd was chosen to play Mannequin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace.
Jeanne Tripplehorn does a real fine job a making us yearn for a sandy beach and a white bikini and a perfect pickup line that would work on a movie star.
The regular Blu-ray is the theatrical version that somebody with bilge water for brains cut 40 minutes out of. But if you can find $63.97 down under your sofa cushions you can get this version from Amazon.
I just have the standard Blu-ray, and I’m going to watch it a few more times so I’ll get familiar with it before buying the longer version. That way I’ll spot the new parts right way and hop around on the couch with unbridled excitement – thereby loosing more change from my pockets so I can afford the next movie I want to buy!
I like to plan ahead.