STARRING: William Hurt, Solveig Dommartin, Sam Neill, Max von Sydow, Jeanne Moreau, Rudiger Vogler, Ernie Dinog, Chick Ortega, Eddy Mitchell

1991, 158 Minutes, Directed by: Wim Wenders

Disappointing fare from German director Wim Wenders (who gave us that great existential angst fest, Wings of Desire). This is basically a road movie set in the year 1999 as William Hurt goes around recording images using a gizmo that can make blind people "see" for his blind mother.

It has the same problem most quest movies suffers from: the end of the quest is usually disappointing. (Remember the disappointment at the end of Apocalypse Now when we discover that Kurtz is a fat and bald Brando?)

When this film's quest ends we are only halfway through it and viewers are offered a jumble of confused ideas. The film also becomes overlong and, dare I say it? Boring.

Great rock soundtrack though featuring great songs by acts such as Nick Cave, U2 and REM.


Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick: Okay, so this German sci-fi movie starring William Hurt runs for about 40 minutes too long (it clocks in at a whopping 158 minutes!) but the first half is quite engaging and interesting - all driven by an excellent rock soundtrack by the likes of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, R.E.M. and U2.


# 90
of the
Top 100 Sci-Fi Movies
of all time




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