Eureka (BLU RAY) (B)
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Arctic prospector Jack McCann after fifteen years of solitary searching becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later in 1945 he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind as he copes with Helen his bored alcoholic wife; Tracy his dear but headstrong daughter who has married a dissolute philandering social-climber; and Miami mobsters who want his island to build a casino. His life is entangled with the obsessions of those around him with greed power and debauchery against a background of occult symbolism.
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Features strong performances from the central cast and an early appearance of Mickey Rourke. The film has some shocking violence and a strong message about the value of money and its place in society.
Visually stunning Roeg's direction is strong and the film is an important piece of work, being included in the Guardian Talk at the NFT in the 90s.
Overall a strong film that rewards watching more than once, although you may want to wait a while between viewings.
This is the same version as shown on TV -- i.e. with all the gore, nudity and voodoo -- if you prefer to stay away from that sort of thing. Although Theresa Russell has done many good things, I'm not convinced by her acting in this one. But at the time, she was one of the most beautiful women in the world, and it is surprising that Roeg is prepared to share so many views of his wife with the cinema-goer.
As a plot and an atmospheric experience, I don't think this works as well as say, DON'T LOOK NOW. In the end, I don't feel this movie has any grand message for the world, except perhaps the pointlessness of having so much wealth if you don't do anything with it. (Maybe Bill Gates has already seen this.)
But I'm glad it's now available, and we come close to having nearly all Roeg's significant work out on DVD.
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This film I last saw at the NFT which was just as well because it did not get a general release. As usual with Mr. Read morePublished 4 days ago by droog
This is one of those films I have resisted watching for years because of its reputation. I now understand this reputation. Read morePublished 3 months ago by James
Well I certainly let my curiosity fool me on this one. Being a fan of Roeg's work and, like many others, having missed this at the time of its release I was quite shocked about how... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nick Grant
came early not seen it yet it will be good becuase the cast is a good one.Published 5 months ago by p jones
But as Nic Roeg always seemed to manage to get his leading ladies to disrobe Theresa Russell was in uninhibited form as the daughter of Gene Hackmans character. Read morePublished 6 months ago by dirk in alty
What follows is a review of Optimum World's DVD version of Eureka. I thought I'd post it here as well because I want to give all the help I can to this Masters of Cinema release. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Film Buff