Directed by Kevin Reynolds and penned by Peter Rader and David Twohy, Waterworld is a movie about a world after an apocalypse with elements of action. The movie was produced by Charles Gordon and John Davis under Universal Pictures, who were responsible for its distribution.
The movie was released on July 28, 1995, and was the film with the highest budget and successfully became the highest-grossing film of the year. The film was also followed by a video game, novel, and four tourist spots that are still running as of 2021, which added to the film’s success.
The movie was set in 2500 when the sea levels went above 8200 meters, and all the continents were underwater. The human civilization was endangered; people believed in a cosmic ‘Dryland’ which supposedly existed where the ocean ended.
The Mariner, a rare find, is all by himself on his boat and is engaged in trading dirt. The people residing in the atoll see that the Mariner is a mutated creature and decide to drown him in their compost pit. The atolls are under attack from Smokers, who are searching for a girl named Enola, who has a tattoo on her back that shows the way to the Dryland. Enola, on the other hand, is trying to escape with the Mariner along with Gregor.
Helen, on the other hand, questions the Mariner regarding the source of the dirt that he sells. He shows her the location deep under the ocean, and once they return to the surface, they are surrounded by Smokers. They are rescued by Gregor.
They later discover the tattoo on Enola’s back and head to the Dryland. The Dryland had wildlife and vegetation and was situated on the peak of Mount Everest. They also find a hut with the belongings of Enola’s parents. The Mariner says that he is a man of the ocean and cannot survive on land. Hence he builds a new boat and goes back to the water. Enola and Helen stay on the Dryland and share their goodbyes with him.
In the role of Mariner, we will see actor Kevin Costner. Tina Majorino is cast as Enola, who had the map tattooed. In the role of Helen, we will see Jeanne Tripplehorn.
In other minor roles, we will see Dennis Hopper, asThe Deacon, Michael Jeter as Old Gregor, and R. D. Call cast as Atoll Enforcer.
The movie was received nominations for the 68th Academy Awards. The movie had action scenes that have been highly lauded, considered futuristic, and way ahead of its time. It also had some intriguing never-seen-before ideas which were completely new to the audience. More than the storyline the action, the effects which were animated received more attention.
According to one of its lead characters Kevin Costner, the movie was cool and robust, even though it had minor flaws according to him, but still, it managed to remain at the top of his personal favorites.