We deserve Waterworld.
The opening shot is the first note. The base upon which every frame of film to follow will work to build up or tear down. You’re probably recalling a few now. The Star Destroyer gaining on Princess Leia. The fade from black into the smoke whipped parlor of Vito Corleone.
Kevin Costner pees into half of a plastic bottle then drinks it.
Waterworld is meant to be in the same vein as the Mad Max series; a hard juxtaposition of the best of humanity peeking through when set against the worst of circumstances. It’s separating the water from the pee as it were. Screenwriter David Twohy cited The Road Warrior as a major inspiration; even going as far to employ the same director of photography, Dean Semlar. Even without knowing the intended similarities, when you watch Waterworld with even a passing knowledge of any of the Mad Max films it’s impossible not to notice the influence. Inspiration, however, is where the bridge between the two films end.
First, a brief refresher of max's first appearance in the road warrior