#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Southland Tales is an ensemble piece set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who’s stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.
Plot: Set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who’s stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an adult film star developing her own reality television project, and Ronald Taverner, a Hermosa Beach police officer who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.
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big, messy, but enjoyable
You can get a pretty good idea of Southland Tales from a quick description of its characters. Dwayne Johnson plays Boxer Santaros, a movie star in Richard Kelly’s all-too-near dystopian future. But it’s not that straightforward. Johnson plays The Rock playing Boxer Santaros, while Boxer is playing the role of a character he’s researching, one Jericho Kane. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays an ageing porn-star with a business portfolio that includes energy drinks. And Sean William Scott? Well, he plays a cop’s amnesiac twin brother, as part of a neo-Marxist scheme to overthrow the government. Or does he? And you thought Donnie Darko was confusing. Welcome to Southland…
The year is 2008. Justin Timberlake – did I forget to mention him? He plays a drugged-up Iraq war veteran with a huge scar on his face. Who sits in a huge chair with a huge rifle, guarding “Fluid Karma”, an ultra-valuable perpetual motion wave machine that is the new form of power since oil has become rare and therefore massively expensive. Politics, anyone? Anyway, JT (who might be telepathic) narrates over an introduction comprised of graphic novel slides and MTV-meets-FOX news bulletins that guides us from our present to the “present” of Kelly’s 2008 Southland. The passage of time has not been kind to the US; a nuke has gone off in Texas, and the country has become a police state. The most “recent” clip reveals that Boxer (played by Dwayne Johnson playing The Rock) has disappeared without a trace, which is where the movie begins. Or does it? By this stage, you just might have gotten the impression that Southland Tales is a bit of a mess. And you’d be right. Kelly’s attempt at a politically-charged all-encompassing comment on the world that can also appeal to the youth of today does ultimately fall flat, but that’s not to say it’s without its merits. The satire’s often sharp, and the way the movie skips from genre-to-genre (dystopian conspiracy to Scooby Doo farce to musical to action movie) works surprisingly well without jarring too much. The music, while not perfect (I’m pretty sure Black Rebel Motorcycle Club won’t have the kind of comeback that allows them to host LA’s 4th of July weekend party next year…) creates some of the movie’s more memorable moments, such as JT’s Killers dance number and the captivating three-way dance toward the end.
The deliberately exaggerated performances are, for the most part, very good, with Johnson capturing the action man (playing an action man – going through a crisis – playing an action man) role very well. The way he switches from the kind of guy who pours beer over himself as a form of refreshment to jittery neurotic mess is both funny and engaging, allowing you to see a little of the man beneath the steely facade.
Unfortunately, this is as close as you’ll get to the characters. While the overplaying is amusing, it excludes you on an emotional level. Donnie Darko worked so well because it drew you in, but Southland seems to deliberately keep you at arm’s length lest you miss out on some of Kelly’s political messages. For all its mystery, intrigue, and action, it feels a bit soulless, and goes out with a whimper as opposed to the bang it so desires.
Southland Tales is an ambitious film, but a messy one, and while it may not work on the kind of level it’s aspiring to, in a movie climate where so many films play it safe, at least Kelly tries. Very flawed, but entertaining nonetheless.
A Wonderfully Electric Misunderstood Masterpiece
I’m just gonna go right out and say it. Richard Kelly’s visionary epic “Southland Tales” is one of the best movies of 2007 and one of the most unique films ever created. However, to my (and yours as well) dismay, any attempt to synopsize this film would be an almost impossible task.
What Richard Kelly achieves with “Southland Tales” however, is unprecedented. He basically shows audiences what movies are really all about. They are a universe unto themselves. And the writer and director of that movie is the God of this universe and can do anything he or she pleases. And that’s exactly what Kelly does. He uses the film to speak his mind about the things that people of this country and of this world stand for and believe in. He satirizes politics and our government, our involvement in the Iraq war, our obsession over movie stars and Hollywood in general. And he pokes fun at our religious beliefs as well, at our fears and wants of destruction and mayhem all at the same time.
He creates scenes filled with action, with drama, with comedy, with despair, scenes filled with music and dance, with dreams and nightmares, with science fiction and our perception of reality. If only people could let go of their obsession with common sense and realism, and appreciate it for what it is-a unique blend of fantasy and art that has never been achieved before. Yes, it is a film that is truly “out there”, so much so, that it doesn’t even come close to being anything audiences have seen before or will see again anytime soon. But therein lies the biggest appeal of the film, the fact that Richard Kelly had the guts to make a movie no one else wants to or can make.
The ending is a bit ridiculous, I must say, in its outrageously prophetic view of the apocalypse and coming of the messiah, but everything that comes before it is almost too amazing for words. The backlash that “Southland Tales” has received is unwarranted but certainly welcome. This film reminds me of the failure that “Blade Runner” once was, when it was released in the 80s, and how Kelly’s first feature, “Donnie Darko” was a box office bomb in its initial run as well. Today though, both pictures are considered to be cult classics, and two of the best sci-fi films of our time.
The key to enjoying “Southland Tales” is not taking it too seriously. With character names like Boxer, Krysta, Serpentine, Nana Mae, Zora, Soberin, Starla, how can you? The movie takes place in present day, but looks like a despotic futuristic world, one in which nothing is coherent and everything is on the brink of obliteration. But that’s what makes it so special. It’s unlike every other film out there, and I’d go so far as to say that Richard Kelly thinks more outside of the box than any other filmmaker since the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Stanley Kubrick.
Kelly decides to ignore all conscious reason of what’s possible and what’s not. It’s as if the film speaks to you, saying “everything is possible in the future”. “People can be called Zora and Boxer, and other absurd names that are usually only given to household pets.” Or the film might speak out to you and say “religion is a joke. The presidential election is a joke. Hollywood is a joke. YOU are a joke. And so I will continue to make a big joke out of all of that and more and you’re not going to like it at first because it’s the truth, but one day you will, and one day you will appreciate everything I have to say”.
I’m sure that if people can eliminate their pre-conceived notions of what a movie is supposed to be structured like, and what it’s not supposed to be structured like, then audiences and critics alike would enjoy this film and the ambition of its director. Richard Kelly, I applaud you, and one day, everyone will too. And Darko fans, rest assured, and I’m only telling you this because I know you’ve been through this once already, but the infamy this film acquires today will lead it to its immortality tomorrow.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 25 min (145 min), 2 hr 40 min (160 min) (Argentina), 2 hr 40 min (160 min) (Cannes) (France)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Richard Kelly
Writer Richard Kelly
Actors Carlos Amezcua, Curtis Armstrong, Robert Benz, Todd Berger
Country France, Germany, USA
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations.
Production Company Cherry Road Films LLC
Sound Mix DTS, SDDS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory Laser Pacific Media Corporation, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218), Video (HDTV)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format), HDV (source format) (surveillance footage), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)