Saturday, March 2, 2013

The Handmaid’s Tale 1990

     Adapted from a 1986 novel by Margaret Atwood.  A war rages across the fictional North American Republic of Gilead.  Pollution has made 99% of the female population sterile.  Kate, her husband and daughter try to cross the border into Gilead but her husband is killed. Kate is taken as a prisoner and she doesn’t know what happened to her daughter.  Since it’s determined she is still able to have children, she is placed in a home with a childless couple.  They are hoping she will be able to have a child for them.
     This may be the most ridiculous movie I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen some strange films!!  The Republic of Gilead is on some kind of hallucinogenic or they have all lost their minds or maybe both!!  Rituals, unusual clothing, practices, ideas and should be called a comedy but it wasn’t meant to be?  2* (I didn’t like this movie)

109 min, Sci-Fi directed by Volker Schlondorff with Natasha Richardson, Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway, Adian Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern, Victoria Tennant.

Note:  Blockbuster 3*, imdb 5.9 out of 10, 23% critic 43% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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