There seem to be a lot of people who didn't like this film. I loved it. Itis a film for people who aren't perturbed by a lack of surface glitz inscience fiction, and can take on the underlying meanings about immortalityor the fear of death that other films rarely raise. Some of it doesn'tmakesense, but only if you are not paying attention. In my view, it getsstraight to the point without any polish, which some people areuncomfortable about in any artform. It is not made for Star Trek fans. Itisa bleak and powerful story about a cabal of ineffectual immortals who playGod to an inferior but more vigourous race, and who long for death yetcannot die. They stealthily invite one of these inferiors (Connery) intotheir midst to solve their problems. The final scenes are extremelystriking, and are set to the 2nd movement of Beethoven's 7th symphony.**Youjust don't hear this symphony enough in the movies***. I recommend thisfilmto anyone who likes science fiction with a small sf.
Zardoz (1974) 1080p YIFY Movie
Zardoz (1974) 1080p
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.
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In the distant future Earth is divided into two camps, the barely civilized group and the overly civilized one with mental powers. A plague is attacking the second group, after which its members cease to have any interest in life and become nearly catatonic. When Zed, one of the barbarians, crosses over, the tenuous balance in their world is threatened.
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Reviewed bycraigdubyaVote: /10
it seems like most folks who view this see only cheese. i don't get that; there are definitely moments that qualify, but i don't think any of them are unjustified by the plot and premises. if they seem cheesy, that's really what we bring to it, not an intrinsic fault. if you have ever enjoyed a modern dance performance, you can handle this without sniggering; if the words 'modern dance' transform you into beavis, well, then you won't get the most out of the movie.
look at how the story gets told here-there's some really good film-making going on. it jumps all over in time and still makes sense. the various reveals really do expand what the movie is about, rather than just constituting tricks on the viewer. the futuristic tech holds up better than just about anything else imagined in that era that i've seen. the special effects are simple yet effective and certainly not cheesy in technique (as distinct from content). there's a whole lot more here to think about than most films. i don't happen to agree, quite, with boorman's macho ideology positing how violence and death are essential to renewal, though he's hardly alone on that point, and i disagree with his narrow gender interpretation of the necessity and inevitability of the attraction of 'opposites'. but unlike most sci fi, which is basically spaghetti western in spandex, this film makes a real effort to imagine a different world, the circumstances of which reflect and inform our own, but are not mere caricature of our own.
it's true, you probably shouldn't see this when you're really sleepy--the pacing isn't the usual stuff (perhaps it is meant to evoke the mood of immortality), and yes, most of us will find ourselves shaking our heads and groaning a few times. but it is really worth it. it is a kind of movie making a sincere attempt at serious subjects that you hardly see anymore. it is a great reprieve from all the winking, hip flicks you see these days which hide behind their too-cool- to-care attitudes.
One of only a handful of brilliant SF fantasies, John Boorman's ZARDOZ, with its clear parallels to the tales of King Arthur and Merlin (which the director would further explore to great effect in EXCALIBUR), works on many levels; it fails on none. The script (which Boorman himself turned into a novel, if memory serves) blends science fiction with fantasy, philosophy with satire, drama with humor; and does so masterfully. Flawless direction, superb cinematography, and outstanding performances combine to make this one a must-see for anyone interested in thought-provoking cinema. Only a dullard could come away from a film like this feeling cheated. I was convinced at the time of this film's release that it was the one that was going to usher in a boom in good SF cinema. I even said so as I left the theater. Sadly, it didn't. Critics seemed dumbfounded by ZARDOZ. Three years later, the kiddie corn classic STAR WARS, a rip-off of old movie serials like FLASH GORDON and BUCK ROGERS, would have audiences screaming for more. And, sadly, that's what we got.