Waterworld is a post-apocalyptic movie that describes a world where the polar ice caps have completely melted all land has been covered by water. Only the Himalayan range is able to stay above water and becomes the only land that exists.
The movie follows a character called “The Mariner”, a drifter who sails around in this trimaran. He has evolved to have gills and webbed feet, allowing him to stay underwater for extended periods of time. He would dive down to the bottom of the ocean and scavenge what he could find and trade it to communities built on waters known as atolls. In one of these atolls, he meets a small girl with a tattoo that is said to be a map to dryland. As a long time has passed, dryland is now a myth to these people. The movie goes on to document how The Mariner’s journey with this girl, Enola and her guardian, Helen.
First I would like to comment on the overall concept of this movie. It is pretty creative to imagine what life would be like if all of the polar icecaps have all melted and it does feel like this could be what the future looks like. These water communities that are floating around the ocean is really what they seem, having to fend for themselves against the elements.
I found it very interesting on seeing the small details of how these atolls functioned. Some of the technology they have developed is pretty amazing to me. Simple everyday tasks becomes hard to accomplish. People are not able to grow food as there is no agricultural fields. Also evolutionarily speaking, the atolls are also in trouble. Due to their limited number of people, soon the gene pool in their community would decrease which can cause children to have disabilities. This was discussed briefly in the film, which I thought was a very nice touch.
I also like how the film somewhat incorporates real events into the movie, such as the Exxon Valdez hull. This gave the movie a sense of realism. But on the other hand some of the visual effects that were done in this movie was just terrible. With a $172 million budget (the highest movie budget at that time), you would really expect the special effects to be made somewhat believable. Sure this movie was made in 1995, but there are decent technology at that time to make everything seem realistic. Two scenes in particularly stood out to me the most. First it was the scene where The Mariner went fishing and suddenly a giant monster swam up to him and tried to kill him. For just a few short seconds when the monster fish jumped out of the water, it could clearly be seen that that fish was not real at all. It stood out like a sore thumb! I honestly do not know how Kevin Reynolds (the director) let that through.
The other scene is when The Mariner jumps off an airship to rescue Enola from being captured by pirates. He manages to save her just before all three pirates crash into each other on their jet skis and causes them to blow up, forming a big fireball. The fireball is one of the ugliest and unrealistic I have seen. Again it just seemed out of place as if someone had out a paper cut out of an explosion over the water. Again, with such a big budget these smaller details should not really be there. It should all be just a bit more realistic.
Overall, I really enjoyed watching this movie. It would have been good if the focus of the movie changed from finding dryland as the main storyline to showing the harsh conditions of Waterworld to cause people to realize the harsh realities of climate change. I think that way it would affect people more and allow them to have a reality check on the consequences of melted ice caps.
Overall Rating: 8/10