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Waterworld ★★½ 1995 (PG-13)

“The Man From Atlantis” meets “Mad Max.” Industry knives sharpened with glee before release, with some insiders calling this luck-impaired project “Fishtar” and “Kevin's Gate.” Most of the estimated $150 million budget seems to have ended up on screen, which makes for a visually striking, and at times daunting, film. Costner, who did just about everything but cater the meals, stars as Mariner, a mutant man-fish who reluctantly helps human survivors search for the mythical Dryland since the polar ice caps melted, flooding the earth. The bad guys are the Smokers, led by the evil Hopper, who can play these roles in his sleep. Entertaining, but not riveting, as the budget and PR hype leads one to expect. The floating set was anchored (not very well, apparently) off the Hawaiian coast and was lost once during a tropical storm. Costner bet the boat on this one and lost more than just money. 135m/C VHS, DVD, HD DVD . Jack Kehler, Zakes Mokae, Sab Shimono, Jack Black, Kim Coates, John Toles-Bey, Ari Barak, Sean M. Whalen, Robert LaSardo, Lee Arenberg, Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tina Majorino, Michael Jeter, R.D. Call, Robert Joy; D: Kevin Reynolds; W: Peter Rader, Marc Norman, David N. Twohy; C: Dean Semler; M: James Newton Howard. Golden Raspberries ‘95: Worst Support. Actor (Hopper).