The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
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On a remote tropical island, Dr. Moreau has appointed himself ruler over a menagerie of genetic mutants fashioned in his gene-splicing chamber of horrors. The products of his misguided attempt to create a more "pure" human species, the man-beasts worship Moreau as their god and "father" and live by his code of law -- a code rigidly enforced by radio-operated implants in their bodies capable of inflicting pain and death. Into this surreal nightmare arrives UN negotiator Edward Douglas (David
Aug 23, 1996 Wide
Aug 28, 1997
New Line Home Entertainment
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The movie keeps switching focus without ever getting its bearings, and when Brando exits earlier than expected, there's little but mayhem to fall back on.
It's not to say there's not a lot wrong with the film, but rather to suggest that the chief criticisms of it being strange and "a mess" aren't among them.
An often fascinating mess, but a mess all the same.
Amazingly, Kilmer delivers an odder performance than Brando. Creepy retelling.
In its final third, the movie goes to hell in more ways than Frankenheimer intended.
The most exciting characters are killed off too early, and what we're left with is a Satan's "Seasme Street."
I'm sure it looked good on paper. That and Kilmer's frighteningly apt mimicry of Brando's voice are about the only positive things I can say.
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