Southland Tales Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 16195

Average Rating: 2.1/4

# of Ratings: 42

Theatrical Release Date: 11/14/2007

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/18/2008

Language: English

Genre: Musical, Comedy

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Richard Kelly

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

Plot: 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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Rating of
0.5/4

The Host - wrote on 10/24/2012

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

Rating of
2/4

Snoogans - wrote on 11/30/2009

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.

Rating of
2.5/4

Alex - wrote on 09/14/2008

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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Indyfreak
Indyfreak
Movie God

Rating of
2/4

The most expensie film school thesis ever produced

Indyfreak - wrote on 06/13/2019

One of the most baffling and frustrating Hollywood films to appear in ages. Richard Kelly has clearly used up as much goodwill ushered in by his cult film Donnie Darko as possible to make a passion project for the ages. Combing dystopian science fiction; political satire; big city politics; social commentary; and pornstars, SOUTHLAND TALES aims big and often misses. But it's never boring.
Some of the cast members are deliberately playing against type which is interesting. Dwayne Johnson plays an amnesiac wimp while Jon Lovitz plays a sinister racist cop (yes really). Wallace Shawn plays a maniacal inventor who seems like if Elon Musk really was a Bond villain.
There is ostensibly a plot about taking over..the.world I think by winning the senate election in Florida in an alternate …

Daniel Corleone
Daniel Corleone
Movie God

Rating of
2.5/4

Southland Tales review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 01/21/2012

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 …

Franz Patrick
Franz Patrick
Movie God

Rating of
1/4

Terrible... At Best!

Franz Patrick - wrote on 06/17/2008

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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FZero
FZero
Producer

FZero - wrote on 2008-09-13 23:11

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.

Alex
Alex
Movie God

Alex - wrote on 2008-09-13 11:44

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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