2 hours, 24 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for language, violence, sexual material and some drug content
DVD Features: Closed Caption; "USIDent TV: Surveilling the Southland" featurette; "This Is the Way the World Ends" animated short
Boxer Santaros ... Dwayne Johnson
Roland/Ronald Taverner ... Seann William Scott
Krysta Now ... Sarah Michelle Gellar
Cyndi Pinziki ... Nora Dunn
Vaughn Smallhouse ... John Larroquette
Bart Bookman ... Jon Lovitz
Madeline Frost Santaros ... Mandy Moore
Abilene - Justin Timberlake
Nana Mae Frost ... Miranda Richardson
Senator Bobby Frost ... Holmes Osborne
Zora Charmichaels ... Cheri Oteri
Veronica Mung/Dream ... Amy Poehler
Set in 2008, the film opens on a world standing on the verge of a social, economic and environmental plague. A nuclear attack wiped out half the state of Texas three years ago and as a result, the heavy hand of government is everywhere, while some Germans have come up with a "tidal generator" that uses waves as an alternate energy source. In the midst of all the disorder, action super-star Boxer Santaros (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson "The Scorpion King") is battling amnesia while trying to get a script he has co-written with his girlfriend financed.
Krysta Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar - TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") is a porn star entrepreneur who is co-writing the script with Santaros but knows more than she's willing to tell him. Finally, Roland Taverner (Seann William Scott "American Pie ") is in two places at once. One half of himself is being held prisoner by the Neo-Marxists (a rebel underground movement planning to take the Government down) and the other is an L.A. beach cop struggling to find his wife.
Director Robert Kelly ("Donnie Darko") has made a really weird film that might have easily been weighed down by its strangeness but if you can manage to buy the central storyline, you might appreciate this controversial, bordering on profound, art film. Outlandish on the outside, devastating on the inside, it challenges and succeeds in finding the human, emotional core lurking beneath all of its wild concepts. It's a fascinatingly different and commendable, if overlong epic. But this intriguing vision of the future ultimately remains frustratingly incoherent and unpolished.