Waterworld (1995) Movie Review

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Waterworld (1995)

1995 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
135 minutes / 2h 15min

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Waterworld Plot Synopsis:

The polar ice caps have melted, and the earth is covered by water. The remaining people travel the seas, in search of survival. Several different societies exist. The Mariner falls from his customary and solitary existence into having to care for a woman and a young girl while being pursued by the evil forces of the Deacon.

Waterworld (1995) Review

Waterworld (1995) is an American post-apocalyptic sci-fi action movie that was based on Peter Rader‘s 1986 original screenplay. Waterworld was the most expensive film ever to be made at the time. Director Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), Red Dawn (2012)) did a remarkable job directing his crew and gave an outstanding performance in all areas. Waterworld takes place in the distant future, but no exact date was given although it suggested that the events in the movie took place in the year 2500. The sea level has risen hundreds of feet due to the polar ice caps completely melting which also resulted in most of the land to be covered. The movie contains brief nudity with sexual references/content, extreme violence with little blood, suspense, thrills, frights and entertaining, scenic views.

The film began by showing how Earth changed at the beginning of the 21st century due to the polar ice caps melting resulting in every continent on Earth to be submerged. The survivors used scrap metals and decrepit sea vessels to make floats that are known as atolls. The human survivors forgot about what Earth was like and adapted to their present environment that is in the ocean and is called “Dryland.” Skip forward to five hundred years later and we see Mariner (Kevin Costner - Dances with Wolves (1990), The Untouchables (1987), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)) who is a drifter. Mariner is seeking someone to trade dirt with and tries to trade with people on the atolls. The atollers discover that Mariner is a mutant that can breath underwater and has gills and webbed feet. They decide to drown Mariner in a brine pool, but local pirates raid the atoll before they drown Mariner. The local pirates/smokers are searching for a girl, Enola (Tina Majorino - Napoleon Dynamite (2004), Andre (1994), Veronica Mars (2014)) who has a tattoo of a map to Dryland on her back. Deacon is the leader of the smokers/pirates, and he wants to be the first one to set foot on Dryland so that he can build a city on it. After a few events, Mariner agreed to help Enola and her guardian Helen (Jeanne Tripplehorn - Basic Instinct (1992), The Firm (1993), Big Love (2006), Sliding Doors (1998)) to escape on his trimaran.

Skip forward: Helen realizes that there was dry land before, and people had lived on it before it became submerged. After a few more events, Mariner is seen having an encounter with Deacon to rescue Enola, who is in the Deacon’s possession. The Deacon and his men are examining Enola’s tattoo and do not give into Mariner’s threat. Mariner carries out his threat by setting off an explosive which resulted in sinking Deacon’s ship. The movie then shows beautiful images of Mount Everest and other breathtaking views/scenes/sets and pictures. The movie was filmed in several locations in Hawaii and California. I applaud the camera crew for doing a remarkable job using different camera angles to give the viewers an entertaining, scenic view/watch. The editing department and special effect department excelled with their input to the movie. All of the actors, especially Kevin Costner pulled off an exceptionally good job with their challenging roles. The movie was entertaining, and I recommend it to all science fiction lovers to watch.

  • Waterworld Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 6.27
  • IMDB: 6.2
  • MetaCritic: 5.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 4.2

About Waterworld 1995

Title: Waterworld
Year: 1995
Runtime: 135 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.13/5 stars from 161,501 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 161,501
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Waterworld Cast Starring: Kim Coates, Sean Whalen, Robert Joy, Robert LaSardo, Leonardo Cimino, Zakes Mokae, Kevin Costner, Robert A. Silverman, Jack Black, Lanny Flaherty, Gerard Murphy, Dennis Hopper, Sab Shimono, Rick Aviles, Jack Kehler, Ari Barak, Michael Jeter, Anne Gaybis, John Otrin, Chris Douridas, Alexa Jago, Neil Giuntoli, R.D. Call, Michael Haddad, William Preston, Jenny Tallent, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Annie Costner, Lisa Liz Long, Chaim Jeraffi
Waterworld Writers: Peter Rader, David Twohy
Waterworld Director: Kevin Reynolds
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
Language: English
Country: USA