END OF THE WORLD
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.
Top 100 Sci-Fi
of all time