Southland Tales

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2007


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Richard Kelly

Southland Tales is a 2006 film written and directed by Richard Kelly. It takes place in the near future in an alternate version of history. Two Texas cities were hit with nuclear bombs, sending America into World War III and expanding the Patriot Act to include US-IDent, a fingerprint system that keeps constant tabs on everyone. Boxer Santaros (Dwayne Johnson) is an action film movie star working on funding his next movie while suffering from amnesia, making it hard for him to keep his movie character's life separate from his life. Krysta Now (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a porn star turned reporter working on a reality TV show. Roland Taverner (Seann William Scott) is a competent police officer with an identity that somehow split into two, he is searching for his other half. These odd happenings are fueled by the energy alternative "Fuel Karma" which takes the power of ocean currents and turns them into energy. However, the massive changes to the currents are shifting Earth's axis and changing the fabric of space and time.



Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Funny, audacious, messy and feverishly inspired look at America and its discontents.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    You get the sense that Kelly is too angry to really find any of it funny. It's easy to empathize with his position, not so easy to remain engrossed in a film that's occasionally in...

  • 30

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Rarely has a picture been so self-consciously designed to be a culturally meaningful touchstone, and fallen so woefully short, as Southland Tales.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Simon Theory

Wallace Shawn

Wallace Shawn

Baron Von Westphalen

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

Boxer Santaros / Jericho Cane

Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong

Dr. Soberin Exx

Beth Grant

Beth Grant

Dr. Inga Von Westphalen/ Marion Card

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