SPOILER: Arlen is dropped outside the U.S. boarder where American law no longer applies. She awakens chained up captured by cannibals, who first remove first her arm, then her leg. In response Arlen covers herself in feces and uses this to escape on a skateboard. She is picked up and taken to a makeshift town named Comfort. Five months later, Arlen heads out to the desert, where she finds a woman and a young girl scavenging among waste. Realizing they are cannibals, Arlen shoots the mother but takes the girl back with her to Comfort. After Arlen drops acid she wanders out into the desert where she meets the Miami Man, the father of the child she took. Arlen and Miami Man grow closer on their journey to Comfort. Arlen finds her in Dream's harem and eventually manages to extract Miami Man's daughter. Arlen returns Miami Man's daughter to him before saying she wants to stay with him.
Much of the filming was done in Bombay Beach, California. Which is "technically" still part of Niland, California, and many locals were cast as extras in the film. See more »
In the dump scene, just after Arlen approaches Honey and Maria, Honey's gloves vanish between shots, and then reappear. On a close up of Maria, Honey can be seen in the background with her gloves off (where she previously had gloves on), and in the next shot she is wearing them again. See more »
Now, there's only one rule here, and it's this: It's time to wake up. It's time to find The Dream.
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I really enjoyed Ana Lily Amirpour's first (non-short) movie, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. It felt like it knew what it wanted to be and had some real atmosphere to it. In contrast, this movie feels very under-written and has an underwhelming lead. Suki Waterhouse is going for some kind of accent but certainly doesn't work. Jason Momoa doesn't fare much better as his character is inexplicably Cuban and struggling through a "Cuban" accent. Jim Carrey is in this movie. He does not speak nor do I know why he wanted to be in this movie. I guess it was probably 1 or 2 days of work judging from his screen time. Keanu Reeves fares the best in this and seems to be having fun as the sleazy leader of the town. I have plenty of issues with the plot of this movie. The lead woman Arlen (Suki) has her arm and leg taken but that's not to set-up a revenge story. It's more just something that happened and then she wanders around the desert for a bit and eventually returns to town. The overall look of the movie is one of the highlights. The cinematography is simple but very colourful. But it also ends up bringing out the biggest issue I had with the movie. It just feels like a bunch of pretty scenes that don't fit together as an interesting movie.
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