You are speaking to an early millennial that unpopularly has loved it since it's inception.
It cost WAYYY too much and didnt deliver enough to make it a blockbuster. That perception of bombing caused a self-created snowballing of bad opinion toward it.
Kostner makes great movies that he should never never be allowed to act in. He's less emotive than a mannequin, or even Keanu Reeves.
That was strike two.
It should have been some sort of alternate, opposite mirror of the Mad Max franchise. In my mind, the title is Mad Max: Burning Tides.
That was strike three and it could barely maintain cult classic status.