VIFF 2014: The Well focuses on a brighter post-apocalypse

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      The Well (USA)

      Cormac McCarthy took all the fun out of post-civilization fantasy fiction. Director Tom Hammock makes a game effort at putting it back with this bloody, faux-spaghetti apocalypse flick, which pictures Oregon as a desert battleground for the last few drops of water. But an attenuated plot (and some very questionable logic) leaves us with a long and wearying Road populated by people with luxurious hair and far-too-neatly-trimmed beards.

      Rio, October 7 (4:30 p.m.) and 10 (9:15 p.m.)

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