The Island Reviews
Ludicrous thriller involving Caine's search for his son on a island compiled of ancient pirates! Brain-dead fare has lots of explicit gore . . . for those who like that sort of thing.
From the Producing Team that bought you Jaws comes this bizzare and funny Movie.
Ok so compared to Jaws this film is a bit silly but there is plenty to keep you watching as Caine battles Pirates.
This of course was the period when Caine was doing it for the money rather than the art.
But trust me when you have a film where David Warner plays the leader of a band of demented pirates who try to brainwash Caine's son and a very funny storming of a yacht by the pirate band you wonder if director Michael Richie saw the script realised it was tosh and went all out to put his tongue in his cheek.
The film is of course very bad but not in a Michael Bay stupid way ,the silliness of it all makes it all the more fun.
Based on a Peter Benchley novel who was the author of Jaws, The Island similarly explores the darkness of the deep and opens with characters being killed while stuck out at sea, so its rather nostalgic. If this was intended to mimick the style of Jaws, then bravo Michael Ritchie. I picked up on that.
But after an excessive period of waiting with little stimulation and just a lot of crappy dull dynamics, I stood up, looked at the TV screen and said "This is sh*t".
Little goes on in The Island, and what does is generic and dull. Its all been done before in much better films, not atrocities that waste the talents of Michael Caine with some of Michael Ritchie's most inferior direction.
The Island had a cool DVD Cover and decent set up premise, but its lacking in originality, thrills and practically any good quality with the exception of Michael Caine's presence.
The script is also bland and full of excessive jokes about the ex wife and mother of the two main characters which are never funny and fall flat, just as the plot and the rest of the film does.
And for an adaptation of a Peter Benchely novel, I don't know if the book or just the film is crap but somebody is seriously to blame for this boring and overly dull atrocity which wastes out time like it wastes Michael Caine's talents and an R18+ Rating for some reason.
Could have been an interesting and gritty movie, but some of the direction is plain bizarre. Basic plot was good, and the initial set-up was quite gritty, however, from a point it becomes rather frivolous. One moment the pirates are the bad guys, killing people in cold blood, next moment we're almost expected to like them and sympathise with them. From that point, every time the pirates attack a ship, a rather jaunty soundtrack is playing in the background, as if this is a kid's movie, or a comedy! But then they go and kill people, rather graphically.
Plot does become rather random towards the end, too.
Caine's performance is OK, especially considering what little he had to work with. Some of the pirates are a bit over-the-top though.