Saturday, July 05, 2008

walker: the anti-wanted

alex cox is one of those film-makers with a committed following among people who have managed to discover his work against the odds: his movies don't get shown in too many multiplexes, and you're not likely to find a trailer for them on websites linked to 'people' magazine. most of us know him for the weirded-out sci-fi/property developer film 'repo man', but i just spent part of a cold and sunny saturday afternoon in the company of 'walker', his 1987 piece about the involvement of an early form of neo-con 'take over the world' impetus in mid-19th century nicaragua.

in this movie, massive-scale violence is the inevitable corollary of imperialism, and (bad) religion and (selfish) politics combine to produce a sorry mess; one whose legacy still unfolds today. william walker, as played by the mighty ed harris, is what james mcavoy's character in 'wanted' would become if he ever hired a spin doctor. and the difference between 'walker' and 'wanted' is that alex cox understands that it's possible to make an entertaining film about violent people without falling in love with them.

1 comment:

fromtheashes said...

I watched Walker last night. I am always interested in films about Latin American revolution and politics. I loved Salvador and the only movie coming up that I am more excited about than Dark Night is Guerrilla. I have been down to Nicaragua and I am more familiar with their political history than other Latin American nations so I was really intrigued. Walker was a great film, I have never seen a film shot in that style. I think some of the best stuff however, came in the end credits and the special features. The extra political commentary that ties the C19th US invovement ot the C20th involvement for anyone who missed it in the film was fantastic. It ultimately made me think of two things.

Why don't more people think Ronald Regean was a douchetard?


Who will make these types of movies commenting on current US foreign policy? Replace the word communist with terrorist and get to work boys.