Bizarre, nearly neo-pagan, evocation of William Walker's 'filibustering' that capitalizes on an exemplary Ed Harris in the eponymous role, who is a contradictory amalgam of visionary irrational politics and realism. The surreal anachronisms work less effectively than Cox's homage to Peckinpah and, overall, while an impressive film it is marred by its frenzied -like Walker's- ambition. Worth watching, to be sure!
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).
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.
highly watchable film...I watched this back to back with Three Businessmen and realised I need to delve deeper into his back catalogue. Ed Harris hasn't been better! One scene had him shoot a man after saying " I never liked you anyway" and it reminded me quickly of glengarry Glen Ross :)
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
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.