Posted at 12:17 PM on July 3, 2008
by Euan Kerr
I recently revisited one of my favorite films of my teen years. John Boorman's "Zardoz" (1974) explores a dystopian world of the future where brutal gangs of armed thugs terrorize the population. They worship a giant flying head called Zardoz who supplies them with weapons and ammunition. It is Zardoz who commands the gangs to kill.
The elite live in vortexes, safe behind a forcefield, but plagued by their inability to die. Things change when one of the 'brutals' as they are known, a man called Zed (Sean Connery)manages to find a way into a vortex.
Through his story Boorman explores the human experience. There are moments when the exploration does go a little awry, and it goes from whacky to wacked out, yet he always wrestles it back onto course again.
I have to admit that the opening sequence (below) remains one of my favorite prologues of all time.