|This is what villains look like.
So it's a science-fantasy, I think, but only just. The movie divides its action into three episodes, and taking a sensible cue from the Star Wars trilogy (1977-83), numbers them IV-VI rather than I-III. The fantastical world on which its action occurs is not long-distant Tatooine, but late-2000s California at the casual end of World War Three. It's a political comedy of sorts, though I couldn't quite place its politics, since the incompetent terrorists of the left seemed little better than the Republican governance. Perhaps it was the individuals, the ones who get on with private lives, that were commended. I forget. It was lost in the blur of an odd adventure.
|Miranda Richardson heads a vague yet menacing government agency.
Elsewhere we find Sarah Michelle Gellar, in my mind unshakeably Buffy, here playing an adult movie star who befriends the aforementioned Rock, having meant to incriminate him before the world; Justin Timberlake playing an Iraq war veteran, and yes, he gets a song; and Wallace Shawn, who I know best as the Sicilian from 'The Princess Bride' (1987), here playing the villainous Baron von Westphalen whose outlandish scientific scheme threatens the whole of the United States.
|Justin Timberlake, for some reason.