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William Walker and his mercenary corps enter Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century in order to install a new government by a coup d'etat. All is being financed by an American multimillionaire who has his own interest in this country. Written by
According to the video Easter egg that can be found on the Criterion Collection DVD, when Alex Cox, Rudy Wurlitzer, and Lorenzo O'Brien first conceived the idea of Walker, they wanted to make a popular audience movie in the vein of Blazing Saddles (1974). But when they finished, Universal Pictures felt that it was too much of an art film and decided to shelve it. It would be 20 years before the film saw the light of day on DVD. See more »
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Alex Cox effectively destroyed his career with this interesting film
"Walker" is an unique film, but its easy to see why it flopped commercially and critically when originally released. The film tells the tale of a 19th century mercenary soldier who invades Nicaragua to install democracy and winds up making a tyrannical government. The central character, Walker, is a completely insane man, which makes Alex Cox's over-the-top style of storytelling rather effective. The film, along with the equally berserk but not nearly as interesting "Straight to Hell", completely destroyed Cox's career after the promise of his first two films "Repo Man" and "Sid and Nancy". Its easy to see why. Not because this film is bad or anything, but its sledgehammer style really nails the point home and was probably uncomfortable for audience members.
That isn't to say its a masterpiece. Cox is a bit too sledgehammer in his style, meaning he often sacrifices character development or a compelling storyline in order to get the point across. Plus, the satire is often a bit too over-the-top and comes across as juvenile (espescially for the first twenty minutes or so). Still, Cox is clearly a passionate man and one has to admire him for making such an uncompromising picture. Its still unique and entertaining in how surreal it often is. (7/10)
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