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The Beach (2000)

The Beach (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Critics say The Beach is unfocused and muddled, a shallow adaptation of the novel it is based on. Points go to the gorgeous cinematography, though.

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For his first major project after the overwhelming success of Titanic, Leonardo Di Caprio took a risky path in this adaptation of Alex Garland's acclaimed novel, directed by Danny Boyle. Richard (Di Caprio) is an American backpacking through Asia with a handful of friends from Europe. While in Bangkok, he meets a mad Scotsman who calls himself Daffy Duck (Robert Carlyle). Shortly before Mr. Duck kills himself, he gives Richard a crude map to a place in Thailand that he claims is paradise on earth: beautiful, unspoiled, and uninhabited. For lack of anything better to do, Richard and his companions try to locate the spot, which, after a dangerous and taxing journey, takes them to a beach as beautiful as Duck said it would be. Richard and his friends settle in, but before long they discover that they are not alone; a large group of fellow travelers has already dug themselves in, and they have established a community with the same social evils that Richard was hoping to leave behind. Just as important, there is an army of natives who grow marijuana in the nearby hills and do not appreciate the presence of these visitors. The Beach proved controversial during production, partly due to production delays and shifting release dates, partly due to environmental concerns after crew members bulldozed parts of the Thai island of Phi Phi Le for the planting of non-native trees. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Daniel York
as Hustler
Patcharawan Patarakijjanon
as Hotel Receptionist
Somboon Phutaroth
as Cleaning woman
Jak Boon
as Travel agent
Krongthong Thampradith
as Woman with key
Abhijati Jusakul
as Senior farmer
Victoria Smurfit
as Weathergirl
Samuel Gough
as Guitarman
Joshua Cole
as Beach community member
Myriam Acharki
as Beach community member
Stacy A. Hart
as Beach community member
Andrew Carmichael
as Beach community member
Josh Cole
as Beach Community Member
Helene de Fougerolles
as Beach community member
Bindu De Stoppani
as Beach community member
Stacey Hart
as Beach Community Member
Nina Jacques
as Beach community member
Sheridan Jones
as Beach community member
Gunilla Karlson
as Beach community member
Sian Martin
as Beach community member
Isabella Seibert
as Beach community member
Ramon Woolfe
as Beach community member
Elizabeth Thomas
as Beach community member
Michael R. Thorpe
as Beach community member
Timothy Webster
as Beach community member
Raymon Woolfe
as Beach Community Member
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Critic Reviews for The Beach

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (32)

A narrative that tries to juggle thriller elements, tons of pop culture imagery, and way too much philosophical baggage.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ultimately, it seems more bland than bad.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The Beach, designed to provoke audiences, stops for too many Hollywood moments to get the job done.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Leo is surprisingly masculine, charming and effective in this stylish, gorgeous, but clumsily structured Nintendo-generation update of Lord of the Flies.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

The Beach taps into something powerful that can't be overwhelmed by individual moments of silliness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

DiCaprio especially is to be congratulated. He proves once again he's more than just another pretty face.

January 1, 2000
San Jose Mercury News
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Audience Reviews for The Beach

The visuals are jaw-dropping and the idea is promising, but the film is irregular and shoots in every direction without managing to fully explore the possibilities of its premise, remaining a lost opportunity to show how paradise is not really about a place but the people living in it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Excellent story with breathtaking scenery set in Thailand. Leo's character Richard is an American tourist who embarks on an adventure to find a paradise island. But at what price? My favourite scenes are when Francoise pretends to be eaten by a shark, when they debate how they are to get down from the waterfall and the scene where they are together in the water. Excellent cast and soundtrack. Directed by Danny Boyle.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

The film goes all over the place and in the end barely saves itself. The acting is good but nothing special and Boyle's directing wasn't exactly there. More of an exercise with a big budget, Boyle uses new techniques to grab our attention but ultimately leaves most viewers unsatisfied.

paul oh
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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