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These questions and more fuel this strange journey along the banks of an endless river, populated with a lively cast of characters each with their own agenda. As Matt begins the search for his missing fiance, Jesse (Laura Vandervoort, "V", "Smallville"), he runs afoul of Sir Richard Burton (Peter Wingfield) and Francisco Pizzaro, joins forces with Samuel Clemins, a.k.a. Mark Twain (Mark Deklin), and begins an epic journey along the mighty and endless river to find the source of Riverworld and find answers to his many questions.
"Riverworld" raises many questions over the course of its four hours, and not all of them are answerable. While questioning the very purpose of humanity on an alien world, "Riverworld" neatly dodges overloading the viewers with existential angst while providing thrilling action and fascinating glimpses into the microcosms of history that have developed along the banks of the titular river: Francisco Pizarro's conquering Spanish army and the slave camps they've set up as part of their empire, and Mark Twain's riverboat and its memorable crew draw polar opposites of the good and the bad arising in the Riverworld.Read more ›
Overall, I thought it was a fun, entertaining 3 hours. I recommend splitting this in half while watching it, though. I only vaguely remember SciFi's earlier attempt at this story, but this new version is definitely closer to the original, for both good and bad.
This miniseries was intended to be the pilot of a series, so as such, I can forgive its incompleteness. Anything left unexplained could be covered in future episodes. However, considering the possibility that this won't be turned into a series, they really should have explained Burton's motivations more fully. There are a few problems with the plot, for instance: Clemens steals the boat from Pizarro. He heads upstream towards the source of the river. An unknown amount of time later, he meets Pizarro. This could work if Pizarro died, came back to life upstream, and established a new kingdom, I guess, but do you buy that explanation? Rewiring everyone's heads to speak English is, well, okay, it's cheesy, but what do you want them to do?
Reagarding the actors/characters: The hero is fine, I suppose, and is appealing to the ladies. Laura Vandervoort and the actresses playing the Japanese and Italian women are attractive, so I'll have to exempt myself from judging their acting skills. I don't have a problem with the Caretaker aliens. The actor playing Clemens/Twain is more of a charicature than a character. The actor playing Burton gets a pass here, because most people don't have an idea of how Richard Burton (the 19th century British explorer, not the 20th century actor) is supposed to act.Read more ›
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Four hours of virtually nothing interesting going on. Despite billing as one of the stars, Laura gets barely fifteen minutes of screentime.Published 2 months ago by FantasyDragon
I watched this movie on TV and wanted to have it in BD. The storyline is intriguing and the actors are really good and they make the characters believable. Read morePublished 8 months ago by PYH
The science fiction series "Riverworld" by Philip Jose Farmer is one of the best series ever written. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard G. Lowe Jr.