Island 2011

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Starring Colin Morgan (MERLIN), Natalie Press (MY SUMMER OF LOVE) and Janet McTeer (TIDELANDS), ISLAND is a haunting tale of retribution and redemption.

Starring:
Brek Taylor, Elizabeth Mitchell
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

Island

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Genres Drama
Director Janet McTeer, Natalie Press
Starring Brek Taylor, Elizabeth Mitchell
Studio Soda Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By noirsuspense on 17 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
Island is a must watch if you love 1. Colin Morgan 2. Scenic but bleak views 3. Dark Story Lines. I understand why some people would think this movie was slow but it was beautifully done and I was not just impressed by the acting but also the camera shots. You can tell the directors (who are lovely and talented people) put many hours of thought and effort into deciding what views would fit the movie and characters the best. The book is fantastic, blew through it and loved it. I definitely recommend the book (especially for Colin fans! It'll give you better insight into his character). Overall I have to rate this a 5. I must congratulate the entire crew/cast on making a wonderful film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HD on 12 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
I watched this movie especially thanks to Colin Morgan and I adored his brilliant performance. He plays an adorable and intriguing Callum who was the character I understood the most in that story. The landscapes and the cinematography were beautiful, but, really, it was Colin Morgan who did the best work in that movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Gordon on 24 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
You have to be in the right mood to watch the film. It's long, languid and, yes, in places bleak but the characters are being specifically shaped by being on the Island and in winter at that. The acting is rather good IMHO. It could have been over-the-top but was instead correctly understated and the film gave the characters time to get to know each other in a slow dance. I believed in the relationship of Calum and Nikki, and for all the idiosyncrasies, it a strong bond. Both characters are ripe for seeing the Island as a fantastical place filled with stories. It's their common bond; the only thing that keeps them remotely sane after intensely painful childhoods. The lighting (subtle shades of green) and the cinematography was spot-on. Some may find it turgid and dull. I thought it was well worth the time absorbing the atmosphere.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By SP on 6 Oct 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This really is a slow, bleak depressing film. Colin Morgan was top notch but all the other cast seemed so depressed and sombre all the time. Not a film to lift the mood, you have to wonder why it was made. Entertaining it isn't, thought provoking maybe. There was too much made of the bleak setting, I think that was established early on, then overplayed throughout the film as if to cover up a lack of plot. Probably better left as a book where the emotions of the characters can be better explained and explored.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By HopeThisHelps on 30 Sep 2011
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Like most people, I bought this film because of the actor Colin Morgan, but this did not affect my opinion of the story or the film as a whole. I ordered the book by Jane Rogers and devoured it in a day since it was such a deep, well written book - and so my expectations for this film, I have to admit, were pretty high.
The film is made by ammeters, and this unfortunately shows. Although most scenes were very real, polished and flawless, other's were needlessly confusing or out of place. Some viewers may be reminded of the cult horror film "May," because of the way it is edited; with a mixture of long drawn-out, socially awkward scenes with minimal editing applied to them, and some sense edited very quickly to show the fragile mental state of Nikki (the lead character).
Having said this, the acting is phenomenal, especially on Natalie Press' part. The character of Nikki Black is a deep and complex one. Her warped thought processes are what makes up the majority of the book, and without any internal narration from her in the film, this was an extremely tricky part to play. She does so flawlessly. I cannot think of anyone one else who would have played this part better. And of course, Colin Morgan was perfect. Anyone reading the book would realise that the part of Calum was perfect for him. (He plays him rather endearingly, with subtly and minimal angst, which was a great relief.)
There is, however, one scene that is almost irredeemable in the eyes of a purest. One of the main controversies of the book was the slightly incestuous relationship between Nikki and Calum, and although there were moments of great uneasy reading in the book, Rogers did not go so far as the film, which does indicate rape at a point. The book did not. And the `big reveal' was needlessly different also...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Bradshaw on 10 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
I've read all the previous reviews and I understand where they're coming from. The acting from all three of the Actors were brilliant.However I felt a little disappointed after I first watched it as I'd expected it to be better than it was and I felt it had the potential to be so much more. I felt the film lingered too long on some trivial scenes and then skipped too quickly on other more important scenes, not going into much detail. For example, Nikki's flash backs doesn't really show you much of what happened in her past and I assumed she'd been abused but couldn't be sure. I don't know if this was deliberate or not to keep you guessing but all it shows in two of the flash backs is Nikki as a child sat on her bed in a dark room with the sound of foot steps coming up the stairs. Is this a real memory? Is someone coming up the stairs to beat her or not? Or is this just her imagination? Some scenes like this aren't very clear. The "rape" scene, (as covered in another review) I wasn't sure if it was meant to be portrayed as rape or reluctant incest. In the film Nikki seems to be fine with Calum after it and still wants to be around him. If you're raped in real life I assume you wouldn't want to have anything to do with your perpetrator or even be in their presence? That's what I found weird about it. Also if Calum is supposed to be a sweet, innocent character, raping Nikki doesn't really fit in with that ideal. That scene I felt was rushed as well. Then the pointless scenes with Nikki wondering around in the dark on the Island for ages getting lost. I felt that the film wouldn't have been any good at all if it wasn't for such a strong cast. I feel Colin Morgan is such a good actor that he deserves to be in stronger films with more substance than average low-budget films.
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