Postman, The

Starring: Olivia Williams, Will Patton, Kevin Costner, Larenz Tate, Giovanni Ribisi

Directed by: Kevin Costner

Produced by: Warner Bros., Tig Productions

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: fantasy

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B+ B+ B+
Review by Xibo Date seen: January 1, 1998
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: B+
Summary: Interesting movie; it led me to read the novel.
Of course, if you read the novel first, you may be disappointed, as David Brin is extremely talented, and Costner's treatment of this adaptation leaves a lot out.

Kevin Costner directs and stars in this post-apolaclyptic vision of the future that is very loosely based on the characters and events of David Brin's classic novella of the same name. The book, of course, is superior in many ways, but it is not fair to compare the two because they are essentially different stories. Costner plays a wanderer in Oregon, several years after third world war, where society has been reduced to fuedalism. He happens upon a postman's uniform and inspires people to have faith in a fictionalized restored United States, which encourages people to give him room and board. Unfortunately, the local survivalist/fascist lord takes offense at this and seeks to have him killed. As an action/adventure movie, it's pretty good, and as an inspirational movie, it's decent. In places though it's a little over-the-top.  

D+ D+ D+
Review by smeehrrr Date seen: February 2, 2000
Viewing Location: The Evil Empire Grade: D+
Summary: Costner does it again
If there was any justice in this world, this film would have been called "Dustworld", a worthy sequel to the truly putrescent Waterworld. An impossibly tedious post-apocalyptic tale with Costner as some guy who steals a jacket from a dead mailman, then gets chased around by unconvincing bad guys. Oh, and they kill his mule, what a tragedy. Tom Petty shows up near the end for some reason. The actual sickly-sweet tack-on ending does nothing to improve the flat, dull, overly long story. 

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