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Starring Colin Morgan (BBC’s Merlin), Natalie Press (My Summer of Love, 5 Women) and Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds), Island is a psychological drama based on an acclaimed novel about a young woman abandoned at birth who is determined to track down her birth mother..and kill her.
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I was really looking forward to this film but I found it quite weird.
I imagine the book would be good but the film was just lacking something. It made me feel uncomfortable too. I felt sorry for the main man, and the fact that the main woman slept with him knowing it was her brother made me feel bad for him because he didn't know. Then to find out her mum gave her up because her father was her mother's brother, that just made it extra weird.
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... but again, this will only annoy the purists.
A good, atmospheric film, with some brilliant acting and nice animations -- and although I did want to immediately re-watch the film after seeing it the first time - it will not be an instant favourite.
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