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Posted October 1, 2010
A Fast Paced 'What If' Version of a Los Angeles Based Apocalypse!
SOUTHLAND TALES is, quite simply, bizarre. It resembles a futuristic comic book whose dismembered pages have been flung about the room, defying understanding of a plot, while providing some strange moments of entertainment mixed with metaphor and farce. If this grab bag concept of a film doesn't appeal, then skip this film. But for the adventuresome viewer this is a funny lollipop of a movie. July 4, 2005 and an atomic bomb explodes during the usual follies of the holiday. What happens from that point to the effects on contemporary Los Angeles is an amalgam of American responses to current events of potential annihilation of the country and the appearance of a lot of strange characters whose minds are either tethered by amnesia or by corrupted views of reality, or who are simply out of sync with what is happening. The cast for this bit of acidic and sour fluff that resembles disconnected fragments of the fertile imagination of writer director Richard Kelly ('Donnie Darko') includes a fine Dwayne Johnson (excellent here!), Seann William Scott, Nora Dunn, Miranda Richardson, Jon Lovitz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mandy Moore, Justin Timberlake, John Larroquette, Christopher Lambert and many others. Just don't try to make sense of it and sit back and watch the crazy antics of a cast having fun with one view of the apocalypse. It is entertaining...Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2008
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