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Island of Dr. Moreau
     

The Island of Dr. Moreau

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Director: John Frankenheimer, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis

Cast: John Frankenheimer, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis

 

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On a remote tropical island, Dr. Moreau has appointed himself ruler over a menagerie of genetic mutants fashioned in his gene-splicing chamber of horrors. The products of his misguided attempt to create a more "pure" human species, the man-beasts worship Moreau as their god and "father" and live by his code of law -- a code rigidly enforced by radio-operated implants

Overview

On a remote tropical island, Dr. Moreau has appointed himself ruler over a menagerie of genetic mutants fashioned in his gene-splicing chamber of horrors. The products of his misguided attempt to create a more "pure" human species, the man-beasts worship Moreau as their god and "father" and live by his code of law -- a code rigidly enforced by radio-operated implants in their bodies capable of inflicting pain and death. Into this surreal nightmare arrives UN negotiator Edward Douglas (David Thewlis), the sole survivor of an airplane crash. Douglas is brought ashore on Moreau's island -- against his better judgment -- by the doctor's insane, drug-addled assistant, Montgomery (Val Kilmer), and eventually becomes a prisoner. Horrified by the doctor's monstrous experiments and afraid for his own life, Douglas seeks the aid of Moreau's lovely daughter, Aissa (Fairuza Balk), in escaping the island, but is foiled at every turn by Montgomery and his armed man-beast lackeys. Eventually, the creatures discover the existence of their electronic implants and remove them, providing the opportunity for an armed rebellion -- but eventual regression into their original animal state causes their revolt to collapse into anarchy.

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All Movie Guide - Cavett Binion
Troubled by cast and crew changes, constant script revisions and poor advance press, this oddball adaptation of the H.G. Wells story represents one of horror cinema's more interesting failures. Marlon Brando assays the title role in one of the goofiest performances of his increasingly eccentric career, playing Wells' seminal mad scientist in pristine cleric's robes, dark glasses and clown-white makeup. Veteran action director John Frankenheimer (who stepped in after Richard Stanley was removed from the project) keeps the weirdness coming at a fairly energetic clip, but the end result is a climactic overload of flashy pyrotechnics and ill-fitting action-movie setpieces that completely obscures the moral center of the original story. Wells' tale of unfettered scientific ambition seems increasingly prophetic in an era of DNA cataloguing and Dolly the sheep, which makes it all the more disappointing that this attempt to bring his message into the 21st century is destroyed by inarticulate storytelling and Hollywood high-concept blather.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2012
UPC:
0883929223039
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
27,461

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marlon Brando Dr. Moreau
Val Kilmer Montgomery
David Thewlis Douglas
Fairuza Balk Aissa
Ron Perlman Sayer Of The Law
Marco Hofschneider M'Ling
Temuera Morrison Azazello
William Hootkins Kiril
Daniel Rigney Hyena-Swine
Nelson de la Rosa Majai

Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
Gary Chang Score Composer
Leslie Crawford Set Decoration/Design
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Beverly Dunn Set Decoration/Design
Ross Emery Camera Operator
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Ian Gracie Art Director
Ron Hutchinson Screenwriter
Valerie McCaffrey Casting
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Paul Rubell Editor
James Sbardellati Asst. Director
Richard Stanley Screenwriter
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Stan Winston Special Effects Supervisor
Tim Zinnemann Executive Producer

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Behind-the-scenes featurette with Val Kilmer, David Thewlis and Stan Winston; Original theatrical trailer; Original international trailer

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