Genre Guesstimation – Waterworld (1995)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Richard of Kirkham A Movie A Day and it is Swashbuckler Films

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Swashbuckler Films.

“This is my boat. I got it the way I like it. You take up space and you slow me down. ” – Mariner

Number of Times Seen – 2 (19 Aug 2008 and 20 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – In a futuristic dystopian world where the Earth is completely covered by water, a loner must try and protect a young girl who may be the key to finding land.

My Take on it – This is a film that I saw exactly 10 years ago and was interested in seeing if it really was as bad as everyone claims it was.

There is a cult following to this film and they even created a 3 hour cut of the film that includes scenes used on TV and in other editions.

I decided to actually watch this cut in order to try and see if perhaps the problems with the regular cut are explained better in the longer version.

Unfortunately, they aren’t.

Even this extended cut leaves more questions than answers and doesn’t manage to be a fulfilling experience.

Kevin Costner championed this film for so long and fought with a lot of people in order to get this film made and his dispute with the Director Kevin Reynolds is well known (see Trivia below).

This was the most expensive film ever made up until that point and this is considered one of the biggest movie flops ever.

Costner is terrible in the lead here and doesn’t manage to help us care about anything he does the entire time.

This film is one of the worst films that he ever made and it’s in the running for being THE worst.

The story doesn’t work at all and very little of it makes sense.

Dennis Hopper plays the villain too over-the-top here and his performance comes across as being too comical and doesn’t work at all.

The biggest problem here is the fact that this film does have an interesting premise but doesn’t manage to present things in a way that people would care.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that just doesn’t work as well as it might have. This film failed at the box office and has been able to create a cult fan following that even includes a 3 hour cut of the film which explains more of what is actually going on. This film is known for being the most expensive film up to that time.  Costner does a really poor job here and this film is probably one of (if not THE) worst film(s) that he has ever made. The story doesn’t work at all here and leaves much more questions than answers when all is said and done.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – It is rumored that director Kevin Reynolds and Kevin Costner had a huge squabble over the film, resulting in Reynolds walking off the project and left Costner to finish it. Reynolds was quoted as saying that “Kevin should only star in movies he directs. That way he can work with his favorite actor and favorite director”. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. The idea is quite good but it is so poorly executed throughout the entire film and it makes so much sense that thins truly tanked at the box office.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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4 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Waterworld (1995)

  1. Oof, harsh! I still don’t get what people hate about this movie, although I haven’t seen the extended cut. I thought it was a great adventure, and the over-the-top parts are no worse than the Mad Max series, which is typically praised. This was a really pleasant surprise for me, since I fully expected it to be bad.

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