An adventurous young American is seeking an experience off the beaten path in Thailand. He is offered a mystery map to a tropical paradise off the coast. When there, he discovers a commune of western hedonists led by the charismatic, Sal.
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A discombobulated effort with such distinctive sequences, it fails to maintain a full arc. Nonetheless, there is so much of merit in this sophomoric effort from Boyle, errors in design are forgive able. This left an indelible impression in my teen years.
Underrated film from director Danny Boyle is not without its plot contrivances, but is a fresh and original story told with a strong visual flair. Leonardo DiCaprio is good, and there's some great supporting turns from Robert Carlyle and Tilda Swinton. Some of the character motivations towards the end start to get a little hard to follow, but still a film that's definitely worth a look.
It didn't suck. It just seemed like it didn't know what to be. Too many shifts in genre, a lot of entrances and exits, unimportant characters. Great idea, but didn't pay off properly. Almost seemed like a lot of extra material was taken out. Considering this came out right around the time Survivor started to portray island life, this had a bunch of people too well made-up to be part of a secluded secret resort.