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on April 1, 2013
Kristen Stewart appears in one of her earlier roles in this riveting drama about the price of wealth that also features Donald Sutherland in one of his finest performances.

The story revolves around the son of an anthropologists who rather than spending time with his father in South America doing anthropological study of the Ishkanani tribe, which was what he wanted, being coerced by his mother to spend time with a wealthy businessman who owns a private island and was her client when she was providing physical therapy through the use of massage.

Her son reaches the conclusion that his mother is being paid to engage in sexual intercourse with her wealthy patron, and that he has intentions towards his mother until he drops his pants before the masseuse's son and explains to him that after he had his balls surgical removed in an operation, he attempted to commit suicide given the fact that he had lost his manhood, and that his masseuse had treated him to such a heavenly massage that he had regain an interest in life. And, to evade the punishment his mother had established for him by way of chores, he approaches the multi-millionaire to secure a job, which he succeeds in doing, and, in so doing, develops a close relationship with his mother's patron, who chooses him to participate in a balloon race as his partner - a role which has traditionally been allocated for the millionaire's grandson, thereby, inducing a sense of jealousy and incurring the wrath of his mother's patron's son. The latter, then, forcefully sodomizes him in an act of revenge that leaves him deeply humiliated and bent on revenge, in the same manner that the tribe of Ishkanani, also known as the "Fierce People" in the movie, would when some has stolen their spirit, almost emptying a gun point blank at the heir of the his mother's patron before changing his mind and hurling the gun away.

The main theme of the movie is the price of wealth and how the ruthless pursuit of wealth has its price and corrupting influence.

Fine performances by Sutherland as the supporting actor and Diane Lane as the lead.
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on July 23, 2015
The four star average rating for this movie is too high. If you look at Rotten Tomato, for example, you'll see this film is poorly rated elsewhere. The movie tries to make an analogy between the violent rituals of a native tribe and those of an exclusive super-rich society where the male lead, Finn, is taken to live by his mother, Liz Earl, played by Diane Lane. The plot has a jarring dramatic turn half way through that doesn't sync with the overall campy tone of the movie.
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on May 4, 2015
Started off a lil shakey for me but I got sucked in. The parallels between both worlds mentioned are obvious the second they step foot onto the other "tribes" land. This will not be a movie for all and not everyone will get it. But I liked it. It's not a happy go lucky story so if you're looking for one don't come here. It has its happy moments but more dark ones. The acting was good! I love Donald Sutherland he can do hardly any wrong in my book.
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on July 6, 2015
Ick. spoiler alert: the male protagonist is raped. Not entertaining. Disturbing. Ends with him driving away smiling like he learned some great lesson from it all. Yikes. Not good.
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on August 30, 2015
This movie blew my mind. I watched it out of boredom and was really surprised. I got more than I expected! It helped that every female cast member was smoking hot. (Spoiler alter)* Only thing I didn't like is that I'm a huge Chris Evans fan and he was the bad guy in this one. It was interesting though, to see that without the cinematic affects of the Captain America and Avengers series, that he's pretty much just a regular sized guy. lol
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on February 25, 2017
Loved the book, not the movie
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on March 6, 2017
Kin da boring, but I do love the actors that star in this movie. I do love hard to find movies, and I no amozon has what I am always looking for.
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on July 19, 2010
This movie struck me from the first time I saw it, as being a cut above. The actors are beautiful to watch, the scenery as well is lush and mesmerizing. I liked the story of the not so well off mother and son spending the summer with the fabulously wealthy on a 10 square mile estate, and the twists and turns keep you guessing. There is a rape scene, which is painful to watch, as are all rape scenes, however it is not distasteful or too graphic. Also, any movie where Billie Holiday is mentioned has a special place in my heart. A little coming of age, a little look into the divide between the rich and poor which blurs but is still there in personal and intimate relationships, entertaining, harsh, and real.
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on August 30, 2015
It's a good movie, nothing out of this world but entertaining
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on August 30, 2015
Lessons learned and a good story line
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