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A Career Killing Film!!!
An infamously terrible shoot, with cast and crew acting like complete beasts, the final product is less entertaining than the legend of its (un)making. Even so, the material is sound still, and it would be interesting to see this remade with modern effects and an updated setting: Moreau using CRISPR technology to breed new manimal hybrids to survive the effects of climate change, and so on.
Cannonical scale: 2/5 (it's more tepid than terrible, while Brando, by far the most inscrutable and diverting part of the movie, arrives too late and leaves too early)
Val Kilmer in one of the strangest movies i have ever seen. Which i like. The ceatures were great for 90s make up. Not the best sci-fi but overall it was creative and deserves a modern remake.
Sadly, the premise, makeup effects, cinematography and music cannot save the wildly unfocused performances by the cast. It may feature heavy hitter names, but they don't save the feature after all the trouble it went through. The plot execution isn't even that unique.
For my full review of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), check it out on this IMDB link: https://www.imdb.com/review/rw4429377/?ref_=ur_urv
Those critics who call it a 'mess' completely miss Frankenheimer's goals and process. The story and plot are in fact messy with countless questions of morality and reality, and Frankenheimer depicts the mishmash with frightening distortion, played beautifully by all, Brando, Kilmer, and Thewlis! Perlman and Balk also turn in extremely good warped characterisations.
A catastrophically ill-fated movie whose troubled production has since become cinematic folklore, The Island Of Dr. Moreau goes wrong in about every conceivable way. The start isn't so bad, but quickly the onset difficulties begin to emerge, and any semblance of a sensical story or narrative coherence are thrown out the window, and the film devolves into a complete cluster of insanity and nonsense. Surprisingly, Marlon Brando, who at this point was beyond not giving a damn when it came to acting, is actually not as bad as I thought he would be. Playing a mad scientist while doing what seems to be an impersonation of the late Ken Dodd, he's not given anything interesting to do or say, but he at least looks like he's giving it a go. David Thewlis is entirely wasted on a part that requires him to be almost exclusively an observer rather than a participant, and his involvement as a character is completely inconsequential. Val Kilmer, allegedly the most troublesome on set presence, is also passive and unengaging. It's a dream project ruined by circumstances both tragic and selfish, and serves as a warning to Directors that too many overpaid, temperamental cooks spitting in the broth can only result in disaster.
I think this film is a classic, though it does have its faults, I would still keep this on my shelf.
real enjoyed this movie great make up and costumes
Brando has such command of the screen, he is so wildly entertaining. This is some of his best comical work, consistent every step of the way, more articulate defined beats than some of his lazier comedies like The Freshman. When he finally loses control, and we see him flustered, it reads so clearly and unexpectedly - how could a man like this ever reach this point? However, it is just like Brando, who makes himself so exclusive, to keep his role down to a minimum second act only performance. And we are truly at a loss without the Father as the film wanes on.
I love Kilmer's Brando impersonation amongst purple/green sci-fi light. His entrance to the creatures this way amidst lightning, descending down the elevator, surrounded by their desperation, is classic.
I love the evolution of David Thwelis in this film, he's such a storyteller, where he brings Douglas from a straight-laced guy looking to get home, devolved into a gun-wielding crazy man totally absorbed in the business of this god-forsaken island he never asked to be a part of; there's savagery growing in him.
With 20 minutes to go, Kilmer and Brando are both gone, the creatures are taking over, Kilmer has said that everything has failed before dying. It's an escape film, a survivor story from here. Forget about regaining control, it's time to get out of here... or join them? What's to become of Douglas and Moreau's daughter, who is changing into another form?
What a treasure that this film exists, it almost feels as lost as the island Moreau himself inhabits.
The Chaotic Adventures of Insanity and No Sense What-So-Ever!!!!