The Mosquito Coast Reviews
(1986) The Mosquito Coast
Based on a novel by Paul Theroux starring Harrison Ford as ambitious inventor Allie Fox, who also happens to be a radical idealist. The story is narrated by his son, Charlie Fox played by River Phoenix, who's father assumes the absolute worst and is motivated to sought living somewhere that's not on the map. So he convinces his wife, who nicknames her Mother played by Helen Mirren and his four kids to abandoned whatever they have and move to South America eventually to an unknown area called the Mossquitez or as this movie is called "The Mosquito Coast".
Although, some of Paul's philosophical views are interesting, his character appears to be one-note making him appear to be more and more of a lunatic as the film is progressing. Some of the musical score is similar to director Peter Weir's other film, "The Year Of Living Dangerously", and both River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton are exceptional as usual as this is the first of two movies they've been together.
3 stars out of 4