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Danny Boyle United Kingdom, 2000

Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film The Beach

Boyle's pre-millennium imitation of Apocalypse Now fudges the dark descent into madness necessary to make the movie work. Rather than presenting Richard as an antagonist, which he is, Boyle softens & excuses him in an effort to make the film more approachable for the teen-girl audiences no doubt flocking to see DiCaprio, post-Titanic. As it stands, it's an interesting & stylish film, but one that feels somewhat safe.