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Southland Tales (2007) Movie Information

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Richard Kelly


Dwayne Johnson
Seann William Scott
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Mandy Moore
Justin Timberlake
Nora Dunn





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Set in the very near future after a nuclear attack, the U.S. is in a state of lock down. Several people interact with the world around them In L.A. with a mixture of sci-fi, music, drama, and comedy.

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The Host 10/24/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Man, just thinking about this movie gives me a headache.

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Snoogans 11/30/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Writer/director Kelly tries to put too many ideas and personal beliefs in at one time. He has overstuffed what could've been a twist filled, sci-fi caper and turned it into a big mess. There are moments of genius and some good dark humor, but anything else is just lost. All the extra meandering just slowed down the movie and made me loose interest.

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Alex 09/14/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The Darko imperfections were due to budgets (in my opinion) so with a star studded cast, this must be good. Well, it was decent but not really. See it if you want to but don't expect anything good. Future may dictate different - doubt it.

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kcvidkid 08/29/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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Come on, everybody. "Southland Tales" is not as awful as you say. Yeah, its interesting pieces don't add up to an entertaining whole, but you've got to cut a little slack for the genius who gave us "Donnie Darko". I guess I don't understand the word "pretentious" in regards to this film. I mean, I don't think the writer-director was purposely trying to show off and I think there's some method to his madness. He suffered from a failure in execution. Some parts I even flatout liked. For example, I don't know how or why he got so many Saturday Night Live people involved, but I thought it was great. I won't recommend this one; too many people don't like it. But I'm going to appreciate it. Just a little bit.

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  Daniel Corleone
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01/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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An artistic picture with hidden symbolism's it was still not as solid as the director’s first effort. Pilot Abilene, a war veteran in Iraq, narrates that America is in a brink of Anarchy. World War III had begun. Action star Boxer Santaros (Johnson) had vanished; his memory was erased after being discovered. . U.P.U.2 officer Taverner is abducted while his half-brother who is part of the neo-Marxists impersonates him. Nana Mae Frost and Bobby her husband manage USIdent. The neo-Marxists have plans of eliminating USIdent.

The flaws would include the mediocre acting, scattered plot, the song number of Timberlake and dance sequences with Johnson were a definite turn-off. Nevertheless, it had inner depth with the following lines from: Zora – “Sometimes a dream can turn into a ...

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  Franz Patrick
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06/17/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Terrible... At Best!

I hated this film with a passion. Fifteen minutes into it, I decided to be patient while it tried to set everything up because I saw its potential--it was aiming for something big and I always give those kinds of pictures a fighting chance. Thirty minutes into it, I was annoyed and kept waiting for it to get better. Forty-five minutes into it, I just wanted all of it to end because the acting is below par, the story is pretentious, and it insults the audiences by pretending to be smart even though it is plain inane and soporific. It tries too hard to be different but it ended up messy and random. In my opinion, there is no story, it is merely a compilation of distinct scenes that were supposed to make sense in the end... but it did not happen. I'm disappointed with Sarah Michelle Gellar ...

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All the Kelly apologists would like you to think so, but that movie was a boring drawn out mess with a terrible cast.  I shudder to imagine what the original longer cut was like.
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Just finished watching this flick.  It took me a couple of times to get through it.  In the end it was actually pretty decent.  I am curious to know what you guys thought of the end...and the movie for that matter (or if there is even a meaning).
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