Zardoz (1974)
Directed by John Boorman

Artistic & Entertainment Value
* * * ½

Rent DVDs online!
In the USA:
Try Netflix For Free.In the UK:

In the year 2293, savage "brutals" worship Zardoz, a flying stone head that spews firearms out of its mouth and proclaims that while the gun is good, the penis is evil. One of the brutals, Zed (Sean Connery), crawls into his god's mouth, discovers that it is a vessel operated by a man, whom he promptly tosses out of its mouth, and travels in the craft to a land of bored immortals.

John Boorman's Zardoz is a strange film that somehow fails to become as captivating as it could have been. While, for example, the images of the movie's opening scene are remarkably evocative and inventive, most of the remainder of the film is visually pedestrian. Despite this, and its other flaws, Zardoz is filled with such a variety of fascinating ideas that it manages to maintain the viewer's interest throughout. The strange land of the immortals the protagonist visits, while not always perfectly realized, does, for instance, contain a number of intriguing elements. Its inhabitants, though undying, live sexless, frequently dissatisfied existences. Some, rebelling against their dull society, have been caused to age so that while they remain immortal they are decrepit and senile. Others are so jaded they have become mindless vegetables. In fact, much of the immortals' society, and even some of their technology, such as their crystalline computer, are complex and unusual. The movie's narrative, unfortunately, is often less engaging and is frequently meandering. The result is a film that could easily have been enthralling but is ultimately somewhat unsatisfying.

Photobucket Photobucket

Review by Keith Allen

Home Page / Alphabetical List of Films
List of Films by Star Ratings
Aesthetic Principles / Guide to Ratings
Criteria for Inclusion / DVD Stores / Blog

© 2004 Keith Allen. All rights reserved.
Revised 2005

In Association with Click Here DVD

banner 2