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The Postman Cometh and Hope Rides with Him

Updated on August 23, 2012

I recently stumbled across an old movie that I had forgotten about. It was Kevin Costner’s The Postman, and once I caught a glimpse of it, I just had to see the whole thing.

At the heart of the story is the idea that the power of hope is undeniable even in the most dire of situations. Let’s delve a little deeper though.

Hope after Devastation

The world has been devastated by war, and all civilization and technology has devolved down to a base level. In what was once the United States of America, people now struggle to survive in isolated communities while a private army ravages the land and demands fealty from all.

In this environment, a loner becomes a symbol of hope in way that he could have never imagined. His actions lead to the restoration of links between the isolated communities through something as simple as the mail.

His motives initially were entirely self-serving but the hope he gave out was like crumbs of breads for the starving masses. It took on a life of its own, and simply could not be stopped.

The Postman Poster


Intentions vs Consequences

An interesting element of the story is that all the good that was accomplished was built on a lie. It was all a scam to get a warm meal and bed for a night.

It is hard to say that the intention invalidated the consequences though. There were vast and positive changes that occurred as a result of that lie throughout the story.

Human Nature in Dire Situations

The setting of this story is in a post-apocalyptic world, and it’s always interesting think about how humans will behavior when all societal norms are broken and civilization can no longer encourage good behavior.

This movie paints the picture starkly in black and white. On one hand you have good people just trying to survive in their little communities, and then on the other hand you have an army built on an ethnically pure and survival of the fittest ideology. It is instantly clear who the audience is supposed to support.

So in this one area, I felt that the story fell short because it didn’t truly explore the likely consequences of societal collapse. Overall though, it’s a great movie, even despite the fact that it’s almost three hours long.


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      Kenneth Brown 5 years ago from United States

      Yes, it is really interesting movie. That's especially true when you compare it against a lot of other movies that have come out lately.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have not seen this movie. I do find it hard to handle long movies but I may just have to do that to see it!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Mama had 4 sons in the service at one time. Letters came from them, and the whole family gathered round and peeped over her shoulder while she read it. I always found it and read it again. I haven't seen this movie, but I belong to Netflix. I love Kevin Costner, so I will rent it. Thanks. AD

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I remember seeing this film when it was first released, however, I obviously missed the message or must probably forgotten it.

      Having read your review, I will take the time to watch it again. good job, well done. voting up

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      I remember seeing this movie, so that must make 4 of us, including my Guy. It was well done, but you're right KBE, it could have been better, but it certainly gave food for thought, and it was thought provoking...

      I now look forward to Following your Hubs.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      I haven't seen this movie but from your review, I think I would enjoy it.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Kenneth Brown 5 years ago from United States

      Oh, the script was actually decent. I look at it as being one of the better post apoc movies. It just could have been better, and it definitely could have been shorter.

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      OMG, I thought I was the only other person who ever saw this one! Good review, too, much better written than the script for this film.