Two hundred million dollars’ worth of something or other, initially planned as a cheap aquatic Mad Max spin-off, starring Kevin Costner and directed by Kevin Reynolds. Though it’s marginally more entertaining than Batman Forever or The Flintstones, once again an outsize budget proves a straitjacket, guaranteeing predictability on all fronts. After factoring in all the one-liners of the standard Dennis Hopper villain, Costner’s change in attitude from hostility toward the two females in his charge (Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tina Majorino) to friendship and loyalty, the narrow-escape stunts, and the carefully measured doses of profanity and nudity, this movie feels like it was made by a bank rather than a person. Written by Peter Rader and David Twohy; with Michael Jeter. (JR)

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