(2005) dir. Karyn Kusama
The first 15 minutes of this film promised something along the lines of perhaps the greatest, most embarrassingly bad science fiction in a decade. The hilarious costuming, pretentious anti-government, dystopian narrative so derivative it makes one wince, it’s all just totally hysterical. Just the way that Charlize Theron stands, with her legs apart is somehow ridiculous. It’s meant to be slick and stylish. It’s a cartoon of great proportions.
Of course, it was adapted from a cartoon, which ran on MTV in the 1990’s. The animated version contained a much less clear narrative, with the main character not uttering hardly any dialogue. Narrative wasn’t explicated, so I never really could figure out what was happening (I never watched it regularly and for some reason it feels like I watched the same episode maybe nine times). I kind of liked that aspect of it.
The film’s badness ebbs, unfortunately, and it settles into a pretty standard, though bad, sci-fi/action flick. It never begins to be good, with the exception of the early moments of being “so bad, it’s good”. It’s a shame, really. This had great potential for badness.