Review: Southland Tales Spin Meaningless

January 5, 2008 at 10:48 am 1 comment

Southland Tales

Southland Tales

“Southland Tales” writer-director Richard Kelly set out to say a impressive funny adventure about an apocalypse close at hand. With boundless aspiration far exceeding his power to narrate a logical story, Kelly manages only an artistic apocalypse.

Irksomely self-important, by choice cryptic and littered, “Southland Tales” may strain the patience even of the cult crowd that adopted Kelly’s 1st movie, “Donnie Darko,” a cinematic riddle that looks positively mainstream side by side to this fiasco.

There are ingenious moments here and there. But taken altogether, you’re left enquiring if the eclectic cast which lets in Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson,” Seann William Scott, Mandy Moore and Justin Timberlake had any hint what the story was about.

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  • 1. patrick  |  April 3, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Dwayne Johnson and J.Timberlake are surprisingly talented actors; but i’m still trying to figure out what Southland Tales was about… maybe it’s really obvious, i.e. life in Los Angeles is blurred, cluttered, flashy and not always meaningful.


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