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Movie propaganda

Set in a semi-futuristic world, Woundings unfolds on a remote, post-apocalyptic island under rigid militaristic rule and occupied by the lonely, shell-shocked soldiers who conquered it.

Hoping to colonise the island, the government has recruited young women from the mainland and sent them here to join the soldiers and help build a place they can call home. But the island will soon become a battlefield again as the scene is set for a clash of wills and desires, of political ambition and personal betrayal.

Starring Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor and Johnathon Schaech. Based on the award-winning novel by Jeff Noon.

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


I think that the book was very full-on in dramatic terms and that inspired someone to make a film but didn't inspire them enough to make a good film. Not that Woundings is a bad film, it's just not a good one. That's why you're seeing it for the first time on video.

It's a very desolate, dark, dirty little drama that celebrates the glories of wars (not) and all the dastardly things it does to the young men who must fight in them. Ever wondered what happened to humanity once all that prime breeding stock got killed off? Hmmm...

Anyway, Guy and his fellow actors (nice English accents, by the way) are certainly wounded. Damaged goods. From this aspect, Woundings is really interesting: seeing all the different ways that government sanctioned atrocities can mess a person up. It's a thinking film rather than an action one (Full metal jacket, Platoon) but still enjoyable, in an English sort of way (the same way you might compare English humour and USA humour).

But the £64 question is "Should you watch it?" The 2¢ answer is "If you want to".

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level sex scenes, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 18 August 1999

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