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The plot is simple, but at the same time, its developments are original and there's a lot of suspense that really works well. But the best feature of this movie is its weird atmosphere, and the fact that it succeeds in getting you having the feeling that you go on a strange trip, on a another time and place. Michael Caine is wonderful as always. One of my favorite movie.
It starts of a a suttle movie and then explodes into something big.
Ridiculous, but entertaining tale of Michael Caine being captured by modern day pirates. Now these are not AK-47 Somali pirates you see in Captain Phillips. These are Blackbeard/Jack Sparrow style of pirates who have been hiding out for generations in the Caribbean! And there in lies the pirates' dilemma. They have been isolated too long and are now too inbred and are need to freshen up their gene pool. It's not Caine's DNA they want, but it's his son's. They only keep Ciane alive so not to alienate his son while they brainwash him into embracing their old timey pirate ways. David Warner, one of my favorite actors, plays the pirate leader, which is a lot of fun. There's also Zakes Mokae in a small supporting role. The film was written by "Jaws" author Peter Benchley based upon his novel and was directed by Michael Ritchie, who directed everything from classic comedies like "The Bad News Bears" (which I consider the greatest sports film of all time) to "Prime Cut" (a fun pulpy Lee Marvin crime film), but this film ended up being a huge flop. Ritchie delivers a lot more violence than I'd expected, which made this seem almost more of a horror film than a thriller, which I kind of liked, but which I'm sure will put off many viewers, even if they got past absurd premiss that there might be Mennoniet buccaneers. Reflecting on this film, I think an argument could be made that this was an early example of the torture porn formula that would come into vogue about 20 years later with Extreme Asian cinema and Eli Roth's "Hostel." This film doesn't feature excruciating torture scenes, but it does have a set up that seemed similar to a lot of the bad English language torture films like "Touristas" or "Wolf Creek" with a vacations-gone-wrong formula leading to torture. This film really is a mess, but I did enjoy it in a campy way. It's hard to resist seeing pirates sail and old timey ship toward a modern day vessels and then lay siege with with muskets, grappling hooks, canons, and swords, all set to a fine Ennio Morricone score. If you're expecting a quality thriller, don't watch this film. If you're in the mood for a ridiculous and ridiculously violent film, you might enjoy this one. I got three stars worth of entertainment out of this film, though I doubt most people will enjoy it as much as I did.
This Movie Was 34 Years Old In 2014.
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.
Michael Caine plays a reporter who runs afoul of modern day pirates when investigating a rash of ship disappearances in the Caribbean. His son tags along with him and the pirates attempt to make him one of them. This film came with high commercial hopes since it's an adaptation of a Peter Benchley novel, but it tanked, mostly because it's not a very good film. The biggest problem is the pirates who largely come off as more goofy than threatening. A lot of great actors, lead by David Warner, fail to menace Caine convincingly or do much of anything interesting. Michael Ritchie is a really odd choice to direct this, and I'm sure some of the bizarrely unsuccessful tone can be credited to this choice.
This is one of those movies I loved when I was a kid. It really deserves to be rereleased again. Definitely worth a watch.
From the period of Caine's career where he seemed to say yes to anything, especially if it was set in an exotic local. From the man who wrote Jaws, and producers who made it, there are some interesting ideas buried in here but the execution and direction are poor.
Saw this at a drive-in when I was 13. Those were the days.
Another To-Watch Pile selection that I checked out in advance of listening to a podcast review. I think I might've liked this a tad more had it maintained the supernatural feel of the first attack, but knowing that it's a human force that seafarers are up against sort of demystified things a bit.