Highly recommended if you enjoy a wacky, slightly futuristic holocaust movie. It has an ensemble cast, there must have been at least a half-dozen SNL alumni, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Sara "Buffy" Michelle Gellar, Sean "Stiffler" Michael Scott, Chris "Highlander" Lambert, John Larroquette and 15 or so "oh, it's that guy/gal" types. It was almost distracting to see so many recognizable actors, but it worked for the quirkiness of the film.
It was released in 2007 and takes place in the future - 2008. The story is about the end of the world as narrated by an Iraqi vet, after the Patriot Act is ratcheted up all the way following a nuclear attack on Texas.
Why would I recommend this thing? The story is decent enough, the acting is fine, but there's something about it that I can't put my finger on. It begs to be viewed again, fairly dense story and the thing runs over 2 hrs, you don't wanna miss any of the narration. Yeah, I'm practically blowing you away with compliments, right? So, why recommend it?
You know, it reminded me of a long-time favorite, Repo Man. It's that kind of odd and really, the only other obvious similarity btw the two is the totalitarian government angle. But for me, there was an undeniable "same feel" vibe. There were several WTF!? moments, some points where I wondered, "What's going on with this thing?" After it was over I checked it out on IMDb, it was written and directed by the fellow who did Donnie Darko, another very strange film. That made sense to me, Southland Tales has that sort of indie feel to it. It's not a Hollywood movie by any stretch. I'd never heard of it, don't know if it was released to theaters or was stv; my wife found it "on demand" on Showtime or Starz - what a find.
I liked it b/c I liked it and if you enjoy stepping off the beaten path then you might like it too.