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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings, 10 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Island [DVD] (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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