Darren and Rob’s Movie Challenge Week #16 – Rob’s Challenge – Southland Tales (2006)

Darren and Rob'sBeing that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.

The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)

Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.

Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists

For my review this week, here are my thoughts on…..

southland tales “You know, there’d be a lot less violence in the world if everyone just got a little more cardio.” – Zora

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Sep 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A conspiracy seems to be brewing when a movie action star is kidnapped by an extremist group who are trying to effect the National election outcome.

My Take on it – Of all of the 5 movies that Darren challenged me with this month, this was the one which I hoped would appeal to me the most.

It actually started off well, but too quickly ventured into places that were so weird and convoluted that it was hard to keep my interest.

It felt as if they were trying to just get as crazy as possible and even then aimed for even more craziness.

When I saw that this was directed by Richard Kelly [The same guy who brought us Donnie Darko (2001)], I was even more disappointed because I had expected so much more from someone like him.

The most astounding thing about this movie is the fact that they were able to attract so many known actors to be a part of it;  Dwayne Johnson, John Larroquette, Nora Dunn, Curtis Armstrong, Janeane Garofalo, Sarah Michelle Geller, Jon Lovitz, Christopher Lambert, Bai Ling, Cheri Oteri, Holmes Osborne, Amy Poehler, Miranda Richardson, Zelda Rubinstein, Wallace Shawn, Sean William Scott, Justin Timberlake and Kevin Smith with a cameo by Eli Roth even all appear but are still unable to help this strange and convoluted story.

Bottom Line –  What a really really weird movie that tries to get as crazy as possible but still doesn’t manage to hold a comprehensive story together.  Unbelievably, it has cameos from so many known actors in small roles but still delivers nothing. Would have expected something much more coherent from the director of Donnie Darko (2001)

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The police cruisers in the film have a Latin quote “oderint dum metuant” inscribed on them. It was a famous saying of Roman emperor Caligula: “Let them hate so long as they fear.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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