As I’m researching fun facts about this movie to post on Facebook, the only thing interesting I can find is “Michael Caine still to this day will not discuss The Island.” That right there was not starting me off on the right foot going into watching this. Basically, we have Michael Caine playing the lead role. Him and his son fly to an island in or near the Bahamas and for lack of a better words must stay there for a night before their plane can be fixed and they can leave. Well, they go fishing one day and pirates attack. They take him and his son hostage. And then the movies spirals downward into lunacy and crazy nomads on this random island. The people living on this island are not acclimated to the world – they kill those sailing near them and take all of their things (hence the reason this movie was chosen for Pirates Weeks). The basis of the story is that these people want the boy to be their leader and they need him to fix the inbred problems of the clan. Though they have successfully brainwashed the child to be one of them, Michael Caine does not stop fighting for his son back.
There are many things that I have complaints about with this film. First of all, the effects. In the very first scene of the movie we are shown the devastating events that are happening in the sea. Let me tell you, this reminded me so much of The Stuff – the effects were so awful yet gruesome that it was pretty funny. Second, the scenes with the Coast Guard.
SPOILERS How can an island full of nomads take out a ship full of trained Coast Guards even when some of them are taken off guard? And then we take a full turn with one man taking all the pirates down with a machine gun. Don’t get me wrong, the fire fight and the explosions were fun to watch, but the whole thing just felt so far-fetched and unbelievable. Third, the brainwashed child just changes his mind in the end, he doesn’t put up a fight with his father or anything! You’d think it would have been harder than that after calling someone else your father for the entire film.
This is probably the first time I’ve seen a male taken as a sex prisoner before in a film. The whole relationship that grows between him and his “wife” is just so strange. She obviously cares for him, to the point where the rest of the tribe beats her when they find her prisoner/husband off on his own trying to escape. Last thing I have a problem with – what the EFF is the creature in the water? And why does it attack people? This part of the movie had absolutely no point and mad absolutely no sense to me. It’s not like the people praised the creature or worshipped it or anything. And we don’t learn anything about it other than it tries to kill the characters multiple times in the film.
Overall, this movie was just awful. I really want to compare it to something, but I can’t think of anything. A man and his son are taken prisoner and they must escape is the backbone of the film, along with a whole bunch of nonsense thrown in there. No wonder Michael Caine doesn’t want to talk about this film. I’m giving it a “Hated It” and will not under any circumstances recommend it for you watchers.
Beth “What is that?”
Caine “A drug called Cocaine”
Beth “What does it cure?”
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"