• Zardoz (2001)


Release Date: April 1st, 2001

DVD Release Date: March 27th, 2001

R |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

In the future, Earth is ruled by Eternals, an advanced and secret sect of beings who reign over a savage group called Brutals. The Eternals have created a god named Zardoz to intimidate the Brutals, making them believe that killing is their natural state. However, Zed (Sean Connery), a Brutal warrior, challenges that assumption when he enters the Zardoz monument and is captured by an Eternal (Charlotte Rampling). There, he learns the truth about the Eternals and the false god that rules society.

Cast: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, Sally Anne Newton, John Alderton, Niall Buggy, Bosco Hogan, Jessica Swift

Director: John Boorman

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: John Boorman Productions

Keywords: Rivalry, Deception, Fascinating

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Time Out

    The script gradually falls apart into a mess of philosophical pottage under the whimsically pretentious Tolkien influence. But visually the film remains a sparkling display of fireworks, brilliantly shot and directed. show more

  • 20
    William ThomasEmpire

    Dodgy on every level. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Every once in a while, a movie like that comes along; a movie you’ve got to see so that you, too, can be in the dark about it. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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