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In the year 2013 a war has devastated America. A stranger (Costner),
dressed in a postal uniform, wanders into an isolated town claiming
to be The Postman. Although he is inventing a personal history
simply to get a meal and shelter, the people, desperate to believe
that life and comfort exist beyond the next hill, embrace The
Postman. The mail he carries becomes a symbol of hope, inspiring
the people to fight back against the army that has conquered them.
Now the masquerading Postman must decide whether to admit his
deception and move on, or fight for the fledgling society he has
Action Drama - THE POSTMAN is being billed as a futuristic adventure, but thrills are not exactly plentiful in this slow, nearly three-hour film. Costner completists may enjoy this film, but those looking for the action that the commercials promise will be disappointed, as will those looking for a satisfying story. Children will be bored.
PROFANITY: Strong not too often. SEX/NUDITY: Brief nudity during a sex scene. VIOLENCE: Plenty of mostly bloodless violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: Lots of gunplay and fighting. COMEDY: Some (not counting unintentional humor).
Kevin Costner has no one to blame but himself for the fiasco that is THE POSTMAN, his first directorial effort since his 1990 multiple Oscar winner DANCES WITH WOLVES. Even die hard Costner fans will have trouble sitting through this pretentious, overlong (nearly three hours) sci-fi "adventure" in which Costner plays a drifter posing as a postman in a postapocalyptic, anarchic 2013 American Northwest; somehow he becomes the embodiment of hope for citizens fighting against
evil gangs in what is now the former United States. The most amusement in THE POSTMAN comes not from the action sequences or even the performances (and there are a few good ones--not including Costner's) but from the unintentional laughs derived from the ludicrous story and dreadful dialogue. If there is anything Costner has succeeded in with THE POSTMAN, it is making a worse movie than his last sci-fi starring effort, the notorious budgetbuster WATERWORLD.