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Trying to summarize the plot of 'Southland Tales' is a bit like explaining string theory to your dog: More likely than not, you'll be met with a blank stare. Attempting to explain the story-behind-the-story of the upcoming flick, meanwhile, is more comparable to filing the proper forms at the DMV: No matter how you do it, you're still likely to end up with a headache.
So, for simplicity's sake, here are a few basic facts: The movie stars a ridiculous list of actors including Sarah Michelle Gellar, the Rock, Justin Timberlake, Mandy Moore, Seann William Scott and a dozen other recognizable names. It is Richard Kelly's follow-up to 2001's 'Donnie Darko,' one of the boldest debut films from a writer/director in recent memory. And, in a weird way, the first third of the movie is already out there for you to enjoy.
' 'Southland Tales' is basically a science-fiction fantasy about the near future,' the 31-year-old auteur recently explained. 'It's about what would happen to our country, potentially, if we were hit with another major terrorist attack. And it's trying to use comedy to project a political fantasy in the near future. [The film is] trying to engage young people to talk about alternative fuel, homeland security, the Patriot Act, foreign policy, the tabloid culture and a lot of other important issues.'
In short, this ain't no 'Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties.' Kelly compares his vision to that of complex films like 'Brazil' and 'Dr. Strangelove' and has concocted a bizarre mix of deadpan comedy, apocalyptic politicizing and musical numbers. Not surprisingly, he suffered a long and arduous road getting his movie made in a town known for celebrating the one-line synopsis.
'The Rock plays Boxer Santaros, a movie star stricken with amnesia,' Kelly said. 'Seann William Scott plays twins who are also mysteriously stricken with amnesia, and he finds himself with a psychic connection to this movie star. They both awaken in the Nevada desert. They're involved in this massive conspiracy involving a lot of characters, and one of the most pivotal is Krysta Now, a porn star played by Sarah Michelle Gellar. She is the femme fatale and the mysterious broker of this massive conspiracy involving an alternative-fuel corporation [and] a senator running for vice president.'
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