The Postman(released Dec/97) is a decent entry from Kevin Costner,who co-produced and starred in the leading role.The film clocks in at around a hefty 178 minutes but,as most good movies go,one does not notice its passage. The story takes place at around this time in a world where a plague has wiped out much of human civilization.What is left are scared pockets of humanity entrenched behind walls or atop old dams,trying to stave off those that would try to take what little they have left.Enter Gordon Krantz(Costner) who is a drifter eking out an existence,living hand to mouth on whatever he can find to survive on.When he reaches a settlement he puts on plays of Shakespeare with the help of his donkey.One day at such a settlement he is confronted by an "army" led by a sadistic Capt.Bethlehem(Will Patton).They are basically a band of marauders living off the avails of townsfolk who they harass.He is "conscripted" into this ersatz army and branded as one by a figure eight on his right arm.Krantz does not go gently into that good night and,through some harrowing moments,manages to escape Bethlehem's clutches. One night he comes upon an old abandoned mail truck with its' skeletonized driver still in place.He passes the time reading old mail but gets an idea.From here on in he will pass him self off as a postman who is now a direct rep of a new United States government led by a fictitious President Starkey.The first town he comes to is Pineview,Oregon.Here he washes up,is fed and is propositioned by a local woman named Abby(Olivia Williams).It seems her husband is sterile and they want a child very badly and both agree to her sleeping with Krantz to make their dream come true.Krantz unsure at first,eventually succumbs to the ladies charm and the deed is done. Krantz is pressed by an eager local,one Ford Mercury Lincoln(Larenz Tate),to become a postman like him.Unable to bluff his way out,he makes him a postman.When Krantz leaves the town it is beset soon after by Bethlehem's army and Olivia's husband is killed for refusing the general "access" to his wife.The local post office is burned and Olivia is taken prisoner for the general's pleasure.Ford Lincoln Mercury is determined to carry on his duties and leaves Pineview.He sets up a "centre" elsewhere and recruits volunteers to become postmen and women,who in turn pick up,carry and deliver mail to become conduits for a broader communications link between settlements;spreading Krantz's falsehood to even greater lengths. In the meantime Bethlehem is getting tired of this new movement and tries to crush it everywhere he finds it.Krantz,along with Olivia,flee his reach but everywhere they go Krantz runs into signs of his expanding legacy.Finally Krantz reaches the centre Lincoln Mercury has set up.Krantz gives Mercury a dressing down for what he has done but the "mission" has become bigger than either of them.Trouble is postmen are now not returning from their "appointed rounds"as Bethlehem and his army are catching up and killing whatever postmen they find in order to destroy the movement. Circumstances build up on Krantz and his charges and eventually he can run no longer and decides to bring the fight to Bethlehem.Both sides meet on open ground and it is here Krantz invokes one of Bethlehem's own laws against him;he challenges him mano et mano for leadership.It is a close contest but Krantz comes out the victor and ends the violence once and for all. The film's opening scenes which had been narrated by Krantz's daughter,now end with a scene in 2043 where she is dedicating a statue to her late father.It depicts her father on a horse riding towards a boy with his arm outstretched with a letter in his hand.The boy,now grownup,is there to say that was him. The action throughout ebbs and flows nicely with little slow downs evident.There is a scene though that has me wondering.When Krantz first tries to enter Pineview he is confronted by a wall and a townsfolk quite reluctant to let him enter.However when Bethlehem and his army come in we are just shown them strolling merrily down the main street;no challenges,no nothing.Hmm. That minor point aside the movie is very enjoyable and all involved do a bang up job. Technically the movie has been transferred nicely and is crisp and clear,in its original widescreen a/r.Extras include the trailer,special effects sequences featurette with commentary by their creators and production notes.One point of contention I found was with the sub titles.It seems they are on,in default.It took quite a learning curve to 1)find out where they were(in "languages"!) and 2) to get to know how to shut them off.Poor design. All in all a good movie of its genre and Costner and company do a bang up job in all departments.Recommended.Read more ›
Le film qui a marqué mon adolescence. J'adore les films post-apocalyptique, Kevin Costner y est très bon et très crédible. Le film est basé sur un livre que j'ai voulu absolument lire par la suite. J'ai toujours espérer une suite du film basée sur le reste du livre.