Reviewed by Russell Lutz
Rating: 5 Beans
'll admit it. I was a fan of "Waterworld". A big fan. I love that movie. I figured "The Postman" would be "Waterworld" on horseback. I was sorely disappointed.
The basic idea was sound, I think. A drifter (Costner) is forced to take on the personna of a postman when he finds a mailman's uniform and a bag of undelivered mail. His deception brings hope to the small communities living in the postapocalyptic Pacific Northwest, and others take up his cause. Soon, hundreds of blue clad youths are riding back and forth between these communities with mail.
The whole thing just sticks in the craw of General Bethlehem (Will Patton) who doesn't want to see the spirit of the United States resurrected to confront his dictatorial reign as military leader of the West. So he starts killing postmen (and postwomen) wherever he sees them, leading to a final confrontation between the Postman and Bethlehem which is pretty cool.
That's what I liked. What I didn't like was the pacing: the long, boring, pointless segues that Costner put in between the plot points. Did we need to see the drifter wandering through the desert for twenty minutes? Did we need to see the drifter trapped in Bethlehem's work gang for half-an-hour? Did we need to watch the Postman heal from an injury in a cabin in the woods for, what, eleven hours? Costner took an idea worth 90 minutes, stretched it into 180, and made it feel like 1,024.
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