The Island

1980

The Island

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40%

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51%

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Michael Caine stars in this Michael Ritchie thriller as Maynard, a newspaper reporter who embarks on a search to discover the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle and becomes a prisoner of a primitive island tribe.

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All Critics (5)

  • The biggest flaw is that the pirates aren't particularly frightening or imposing, instead coming off as Peter Pan's Lost Boys all grown up -- to riff from Kentucky Fried Movie, they aren't tough and ruthless so much as they're rough and toothless.

    Jan 17, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Another one of Caine's big bombs!!

    Mar 21, 2003 | Rating: 1/5
  • ragtag modern-day pirates live in a primitive island society, eschewing most forms of modern technology . . .They're kind of like Amish . . . only they're pirates

    Mar 19, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Island

  • Jun 01, 2017
    You know a movie is good when it's almost over or over but you wish it wasn't.Time just flew by when I watched The Island.Right from the start I was hooked.I can't believe it bombed at the box office when it 1st came out (I wonder why?) I also can't believe it's not more well known than it is.I only heard about it because I was flipping through channels, looking for a movie to watch & came across it.I've never heard of it before today.
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 12, 2012
    This film is one of those 80's gems that have been neglected by critics and filmgoers. I was pleasantly surprised that this one wasn't as bad as what everyone has claimed it to be. The film does a good job at combining certain genres of film, and it works. While combining a few different elements of various genres of film, director Michael Ritchie crafts this underrated 80's survival horror gem mixed with thrills, action and adventure. As far as I'm concerned, this one is a fun, entertaining two hours that is fairly mindless if you can forget how corny it is. The strengths of the film lie in the use of multiple genre elements to create its story, and in turn, it manages to be an entertaining ride. The film's biggest problem is that it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of a memorable plot. The good ideas were here, but it suffers due to the fact that director Ritchie tries to pack so much material that is unfinished in a two hour run time. The film goes from a survival horror flick to a thriller and action film without smooth transition and it leaves you wanting more out of the film. For what it is, it's fun, but it could also have been better considering the plot. I don't think this is a bad film, I just feel it's a tad underdeveloped. In terms of survival horror/thrillers are concerned, This one works as a pleasant time waster, just don't go expected a great film with this one as this one leaves a lot to be desired.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2012
    Showing my son a different old school movie from my past every night of the march break and tonight's film was The Island starring Michael Caine ia movie i saw for the first time roughly when i was 12 myself. Re watching this film anytime i have seen it always seems to hook my interest as one thing i will say for movies of that decade they may have been a tad cheesy, however at least they were original. Michael Caine portrays a reporter who wants to head down to Florida to write the big story on several vessels that had mysteriously dissapeared around the Bermuda Triangle. He is soon to find out his ex wife has just dumped their son on him without any notice so he promises a trip to Disneyworld and takes him along. Upon arriving they are told by a fisherman the exact location of the last boats and crew to go missing so they charter a plane and head out. They meet up with a british fellow who convinces Michael Caine to take his son fishing, even lending him a boat to charter. Un-beknowest to them the adventure they were about to partake in. They are taken hostage by a band of Buccanneers (18th century pirate wannabees) Caine spends the rest of the film trying to get his know brainwashed son off the island. I dug this movie and always have majorally due to the fact of it's originaility something that is definatly lacking in Hollyweird these days!!!
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2009
    I haven't seen this film since I was a kid, and it holds up quite well. The tale is based on a Peter Benchley(Jaws) novel, and tells the story of an inquisitive reporter who flys to the Caribbean to investigate mysterious ocean disappearances. Blair Maynard's(Michael Caine) plane goes down in a questionable area where he and his son are stranded on some remote island. They are soon to be captured by realistic pirates who inflict various tortures on them forcing Maynard to devise an escape that seems somewhat impossible. The brilliant Ennio Morricone composed the score which adds to the film's eerie mood of island purgatory
    Eric S Super Reviewer

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