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Isolated 2014 NR

4.3 out of 5 stars (3) IMDb 6.3/10

Five world class surfers travel to New Guinea in search of undiscovered waves, but end up discovering so much more.

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Ryan Phillippe, Travis Potter
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1 hour, 34 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Justin LePera
Starring Ryan Phillippe, Travis Potter
Supporting actors Joshua Fuller, Andrew Mooney, Jenny Useldinger, Jimmy Rotherham, Spencer Frame
Studio Something Kreative
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Don't expect too much in the way of information regarding the struggles of the Republic of West Papua to secede from the state, but if you enjoy a good travel movie or adventure, this is worth $10.

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If you're a surfing enthusiast, a travel enthusiast, a wannabe explorer, or a documentary nerd, this is a movie worth looking into. It's a little slow paced, it's a little 'unenlightening,' but it's an enjoyable movie. By 'unenlightening,' I mean to say that not much is learned from this movie as many people might expect from a documentary. What it is, though, is the story of six (if I counted correctly) surfing pros and explorers who jump head-first into a search for 'the perfect wave' in some of the most remote areas of the planet, and they experiences they have with the local government officials, the local peoples, and their work in general.

Here's what it isn't: something that will bring you up to speed on the issues surrounding the Republic of West Papau people and their struggle for freedom and recognition, and their struggles against the government that refuses to recognize their bid to secede and all that comes with it as well as their fight against various raw-material sourcing groups (think mining for minerals, such as gold). This movie had been marketed in several advertisements as being the under-dog story of surfers looking for the perfect wave and instead getting caught up and becoming involved in the Republic of West Papua's people's struggle.
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It is a documentary about a group of surfers, crazy mothers....,who flew in under the radar of a heavily policed country in Papua New Guinia, where human rights activists and journalists are effectively barred and discouraged. Their motive was to surf "the perfect wave", as they do all over the world. But they came away disturbed by what they had inadvertently discovered.
There is a strange poetic beauty to the idea of surfing the raser-edge of a wave as an allegory to fusing with nature or eco-tourism ;mingling with the locals in respectful,unobtrusive ways or strangely flying in under the radar of mitary-policed country. Their sheer bravery of being in the middle of nowhere and no gaurentees the locals are friendly is a little breathtaking. Especially after seeing another documentary once on West Papua, where the tribesmen are still dangerous. There is one woman among the daring surfers, which is emboldering to observe. Especially as she is far from civilization yet strutting around in quite a collection of colourful bikinis among men from a non-western culture; It certainly helped she was able and eager to connect and communicate with the womenfolk in the villages they came across.In every sense Isolated is a gripping extreme sport -type documentary and travelogue with people who rarely if ever see white people. Yet the beauty is a surf-board is not an intrusion on their natural way of life but almost a refinement of it. The music fitted the film, sounded great and, thankfully, modern without sounding commer ialised
So the surfer/ producer went back in to try to get answers and there is a footnote at the end of the documentary when he went back to Indonesia to try to find out what the hell's going on. This was ineffectively addressed as the 3 star review rightly claims.
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Buy it.......Watch it!!!
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