In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
The polar ice caps have melted, and the earth is covered by water. The remaining people travel the seas, in search of survival. Several different societies exist. The Mariner falls from his customary and solitary existence into having to care for a woman and a young girl while being pursued by the evil forces of the Deacon. Written by
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One script (later rejected) called for a second moon to appear in the sky, intimating that the cataclysm which created Waterworld was gravity-related, rather than warming. See more »
Judging from the trading scene between the Mariner and the crazy drifter, paper appears to be a highly rare and valuable commodity, and yet the Smokers burn large amounts of paper by smoking cigarettes. However, the Smokers are portrayed as pirates, who don't trade with anyone, just take by force, so their idea of material wealth is much different than that of the traders. In fact, the Smokers' technology and oil supply (not to mention alcohol) would be much more valuable than any amount of paper, had they decided to trade with others, instead of robbing them. See more »
Underrated action movie with some very funny scenes
There is no point going through this film and trying to make all the science fit. The scientific fact has been stretched to breaking point. I found this a very enjoyable experience with some of the best comic strip bad guys in any movie. Costner plays a likable, although traditional, nomadic hero taking care of no 1. Fortunately, there isn't really a love element in the film to spoil it too much. This film has numerous memorable scenes that verge on the hysterical including the oars coming out of the oil tanker, the dropping of the match into the oil tanker and Costner's bungie jump to save the girl. Great stuff. I can't wait for the producers to make a sequel.
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