Lord of the Flies
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With 'sharply expressive performances (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone) by its young cast, this stunning adventure explores the deep dark corners of the human soul, as a group of adolescent castaways are thrust into an intense world where law and accountability are governed by the rules of survival. After a harrowing plane crash into the sea, a group of American military cadets finds itselfmarooned on a deserted island. Realizing the minimal chances of being rescued, the boys band together out of fear and desperation. But as the island paradise becomes their own, competition and power struggles split them into two packs. Ralph (Bathazar Getty) leads one group and preaches civilized ingenuity and togetherness, but Jack (Chris Furrh) wants nothing of it and builds a faction of barbaric hunters who ultimately go to war with Ralph. This powerful shift in conscience transforms ordinary kids into primal killers, setting off a devastating battle of good versus evil and presenting a haunting metaphor for the savage in us all.
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First off, why do the kids need to be Americanized? Also, why do they also have to be from a military school? And why does the director basically destroy every impressive portion of the book? Did the director even have a desire to put events in order?
I'm assuming he made all the kids American because he thought this would relate better to middle-aged kids. I'm also not really sure what ALF has to do with the book, yet somehow the tv show about an alien finds its way into the script. To be even more impressive, glow sticks/ light sabers (and Rambo) found their way into this script, too.
One could vaguely see the reasoning behind making the students from military school, but that has very little to do with the book again. Perhaps the director was trying to establish a chain of command before they are put on the island.
So far, there's been next-to no mention of Samneric, no Percival Wemys Madison, no Beast from Water, no Beast from Air, and there's been an assassinated chameleon. I was excited to see how a movie would handle the scene with Simon and the Lord of the Flies but was let down immensely. The great conflict between Ralph and Jack is awful at best and the dichotomy of Jack and Piggy being the devil and angel, respectively, on Ralph's shoulders is not even touched upon. Actually, Jack's actor and his nominal acting ability is annoying. These characters just aren't believable. It's hard to take this movie seriously when Jack defects from Ralph's leadership within thirty minutes of the start. What could be a great study in book/ movie differences for a middle school or high school class is removed by the amount of cursing in this movie. I don't mind cursing every once in a while, but the cursing in this movie can't even come off well. Ralph doesn't even say, "Sucks to your ass-mar."
I advise you to save your money with this movie. Read the book and see what decent writing is all about. Luckily I got this movie locally and didn't waste money on shipping. Needless to say I won't be showing this awful rendition to students. I feel they'll laugh at it more than I am and ultimately lose them for good on a great book.