A hallucinatory biopic that breaks all cinematic conventions, Alex Cox’s Walker tells the story of nineteenth-century American adventurer William Walker (Ed Harris), who abandoned a series of careers to become a soldier of fortune and dictator of Nicaragua.
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Anchored by a powerful performance from Ed Harris, Cox's anarchic & imaginative political commentary on U.S. imperialism in Nicaragua has lost none of its satirical significance or relevance in the era directly following the Iraq war. Much of the film's blending of slow-mo Peckinpah inspired carnage & in-depth social discourse could be seen as precursor to Django Unchained, but with much greater intelligence & scope.
Ed Harris' Walker is an imperialist Don Quixote living a strongly charismatic delusional adventure while the world falls apart around him. Alex Cox's Walker is the presentation of that man while using purposeful anachronism to point out that the character is the continuing nature of the United States' foreign policy. --PolarisDiB
Moves up higher on my list of favorite films every time I see it. Top Ten at least right now. Ed Harris is a maniac, Cox flexs his most cinematic muscles, Strummer's score is amazing, and did I mention it was smart, action packed and friggin' hilarious??
An anarchic, apocalyptic vision from Alex Cox, an absolute one-of-a-kind filmmaker. Walker is a political satire, bloody spaghetti western, historical biopic, and absurdist comedy all rolled into one. Too bizarre to be mainstream, and too ambitious to be a cult film. So it was sadly overlooked. Features a brilliant, crazed performance by Ed Harris and a haunting score by Joe Strummer.
There is a quality that is both silly and menacing that attracts me to this movie (no other moive I can think of achieves this). This is one of those things that a director can not strive for, but only end up with restrospectively or after the fact (possibly, a by-product of being a good director).