Southland Tales

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Overview

California is at the epicenter of a political and environmental disaster that threatens to destroy the world in this ambitious fusion of comedy, drama, dystopian science fiction, and music from writer and director Richard Kelly, his first film after gaining a cult following with Donnie Darko. In the year 2005, a nuclear attack wipes out part of the state of Texas, and three years later America is a virtual police state, with the government taking control of nearly every part of people's lives, supposedly for ...
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Overview

California is at the epicenter of a political and environmental disaster that threatens to destroy the world in this ambitious fusion of comedy, drama, dystopian science fiction, and music from writer and director Richard Kelly, his first film after gaining a cult following with Donnie Darko. In the year 2005, a nuclear attack wipes out part of the state of Texas, and three years later America is a virtual police state, with the government taking control of nearly every part of people's lives, supposedly for their own good. A German firm has found a way to generate energy using seawater, but both public and private concerns are desperate to prevent the new technology from being introduced in the gasoline-starved United States. A Marxist underground based on the West Coast is determined to bring down the federal government through violent revolution. In this midst of this chaos, we follow a number of stories that continually return to three principle characters. Boxer Santaros Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock is an actor famous for his role in action films; he's trying to secure financing for a new project, but reality keeps mirroring the events in his script and he struggles to hold on to his identity following a bout with amnesia. Krysta Now Sarah Michelle Gellar is a porn star who is reinventing herself as a television pundit offering her views on politics, contemporary culture, and teenage sex. And Roland Taverner Seann William Scott is an L.A. police officer whose identity has mysteriously split in two, and he struggles to track down his other half. Featuring a massive supporting cast which includes Mandy Moore, Miranda Richardson, Wallace Shawn, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Smith, Amy Poehler, and Justin Timberlake, Southland Tales received its world premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival; director Kelly also created an accompanying series of three graphic novels that chart these events and characters prior to this story.
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Special Features

"Usident TV: Surveilling the Southland" featurette; "This Is The Way The World Ends" Animated Short; ; Blu-ray Exclusive - Commentary with Writer/Director Richard Kelly; Southland Tales: The Prequel Saga Graphic Novel Gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • UPC: 043396263673
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:24:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 21,509

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dwayne Johnson Boxer Santaros
Seann William Scott Roland Taverner/Ronald Taverner
Sarah Michelle Gellar Krysta Kapowski/Krysta Now
Curtis Armstrong Dr. Soberin Exx
Joe Campana Brandt Huntington
Nora Dunn Cyndi Pinziki
Michele Durrett Starla Von Luft
Beth Grant Dr. Inga Von Westphalen/Marion Card
Wood Harris Dion Warner/Dion Element
John Larroquette Vaughn Smallhouse
Bai Ling Serpentine
Jon Lovitz Bart Bookman
Mandy Moore Madeline Frost Santaros
Holmes Osborne Senator Bobby Frost
Cheri Oteri Zora Charmichaels
Amy Poehler Veronica Mung/Dream
Lou Taylor Pucci Martin Kefauver
Miranda Richardson Nana Mae Frost
Jill Ritchie Shoshana Kapowski/Shoshana Cox
Zelda Rubinstein Dr. Katarina Kuntzler
Will Sasso Fortunio Balducci
Wallace Shawn Baron Von Westphalen
Sab Shimono Hideo Takehashi
Kevin Smith Simon Theory
Justin Timberlake Private Pilot Abilene
Lisa K. Wyatt Teri Riley
Christopher Lambert
Technical Credits
Richard Kelly Director, Screenwriter
Sam Bauer Editor
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Peter Devlin Sound/Sound Designer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Hamm Executive Producer
Edward H. Hamm Jr. Executive Producer
Alexander Hammond Production Designer
Oliver Hengst Executive Producer
Bo Hyde Producer
Katarina K. Hyde Executive Producer
Bill Johnson Executive Producer
Venus Kanani Casting
Sean McKittrick Producer
Moby Score Composer
Kendall Morgan Producer
Judd Payne Executive Producer, Producer
Steven Poster Cinematographer
Manish Raval Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthew Rhodes Executive Producer, Producer
Wolfgang Schamburg Associate Producer
Ernst-August Schnieder Associate Producer
Jim Seibel Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Dara Weintraub Co-producer
Tom Wolfe Musical Direction/Supervision
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted April 12, 2013

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    This was a senseless piece of tripe. Obviously going for artsy,

    This was a senseless piece of tripe. Obviously going for artsy, just a big old mess. I really wanted to love this movie and I was sorely disappointed. I found that the people that liked it were just being loyal to Richard Kelly, when I would dig deep they would admit, well maybe it wasn't his best. Its just that you didn't understand it??? what? there was nothing to understand, this movie just did not work at any level.!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lightning Doesn't Always Strike Twice

    Most people expected spectacular things from Richard Kelly after Donnie Darko, and what we got was a spectacular failure. The movie looks great. It really does. Visually there's something to admire in every scene. Likewise, the Moby soundtrack goes a long way. And because the visuals and soundtrack are so effective, they delude the viewer into thinking this is a good movie, but it's not. It thinks that it's funny, which it is not. Indeed, Kelly has assembled some of the funniest people of this generation, but all brought together in scenes apocolpytic in nature, NOTHING is remotely funny. It thinks itself a satire but it's never clear what Kelly is satirizing. And can we talk about plot? It either doesn't have one or thinks it has one (the latter more likely) because it's just so darn convoluted you keep trying to figure out what's going on. Because your mind is so busy trying to figure out the backwards/forwards science-fiction nature of the goings-on, you're never invested in the present scenes. The final result is a movie that looks great and SEEMS to be deep and intelligent but is completely hollow and all surface. You keep thinking, as the movie goes on, that it's going to justify itself, explain itself, have a giant revelation that puts everything into perspective, but there's none of that; it's just one giant mess. And because it's so confusing, the movie deceives you into thinking its more intelligent than it is. You'll rack you're brain trying to get everything into focus because you're sure there's brilliance behind the lunacy, but then you'll realize there's nothing there to hold on to. One of the biggest disapointments I've ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    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 Harp

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