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March 5, 2019
This is a fantastic sci-fi adventure. This has got to be one of the most underrated action films of the 90's. A great blend of 'Lord of the Flies' and a prison break movie, this is a character-driven, smart and entertaining movie that deserved greater exposure. What could've been a B-grade stinker is elevated to A-grade fun due to sharp direction, a smart script, great charcaters and great performers. Hunt this little beauty down and settle in for pure cinema enjoyment.
½ December 16, 2018
Ein richtiger wahrer Männerfilm!
Ein ehemaliger Militärpilot, der in einem Einsatz einmal ein ganzes Dorf ausradierte und dann ein Offizier erschoss, wird auf eine Gefängnisinsel verurteilt. Dort gibt es zwei Lager: Das eine das einigermassen zivilisiert lebt und sich gegenseitig hilft zum Überleben. Das andere Lager ist das genaue Gegenteil: Die Lebenden sind wahre Barbaren, die sogar sich selber fressen!
Es ist ein wahrer Survival-Drama-Action Story. Dem Antihelden Ray Liotta hat nur Bock, von der Insel wegzukommen. Alles andere ist ihm Egal. Selbst Charakterdarsteller Lance Henriksen kann nicht viel bewirken.
Auf der Gegenseite ist nur Bösewicht Stuart Wilson, der einem ein Lächeln ins Gesicht zaubert. Wilson fühlt sich ziemlich wohl in seiner Rolle und er geniesst es, den sadistischen Oberhaupt zu spielen.
Sonst bleibt der Film platt und einfallslos. Nur der Stunt von Liotta, vom Felsen ins Tal hinunter und dann in den See, bleibt ein WOW-Effekt.
Die Rollen sind Stereotypisch und vorhersehbar.
Verwunderlich ist eigentlich nur, dass der Film auf den Index gelangte, wegen den Gewaltdarstellungen. Ehrlich gesagt, gibt es Heute mehr ausgeklügelte Gewaltorgien und die sind sogar ab 16 Jahren.
Fazit: Einmal reicht. Es fehlt auch den weiblichen Touch. Die Insel ist ein Klischeehafter Männertraum!
½ June 19, 2016
Fun, action packed movie if somehow largely forgotten. It feels a little flat at times and the ending a little abrupt. Enjoyable all the same.
September 18, 2015
One of my guilty pleasures. Watch it for Stuart Wilson chewing up all the scenery in sight as the unusually well spoken barbarian bad guy. Fun post-apocalyptic type actioner.
May 20, 2015
Such a sick film. remember watcing this when i was a kid. Great film
½ April 19, 2015
It's got a quirky B movie feel but very underwritten......decent one time watch.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
A pretty old movie from the 90s starring Ray Liotta in the main role. Its a prison movie taken place on an Island in the year 2022.. much like Mad Max and Waterworld in a way. Some great action scenes with a decent story and u have an good flick to watch.
November 16, 2014
This movie doesn't quite know what it is but lucky that does not damn it to being bad. A decent forgotten sci-fi flick that has many similarities with other films from the 90's. I kinda liked Liotta has a menacing bad ass even though i didn't want to believe it at first.
August 6, 2014
Excellent 90's Sci-Fi. Stuart Wilson takes the balls to a new level as the leader of The Outsiders. Liotta is one hard cunt and Henricksen as always adds some extra class.
March 3, 2014
A watchable but unremarkable sci fi that feels like a mishmash of Mad Max, Fortress and Waterworld.
Super Reviewer
December 30, 2013
Interesting, but thankfully Martin Campbell has since gone on to working with better scripts.
November 5, 2013
An enjoyable sci-fi B movie that does what good B movies do and that is be more entertaining than certain A movies. The cast is great, the direction is fine and it is a good watch, but overall it is is far from a great movie.
½ October 9, 2013
Mildly entertaining dystopia.
½ October 5, 2013
I really enjoyed this movie. Wasnt expecting much but its very entertaining altho fairly strange, didnt take itself too seriously and the acting / cast is good.
½ August 6, 2013
Directed by Martin Campbell (GoldenEye (1995), The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Casino Royale (2006)), this is a very entertaining sci-fi action film, based on The Penal Colony by Richard Herley, it's a product of it's time and proud of it. Plus, Campbell got together a very good cast for the film, and it uses old school special effects and although it drags a little bit, this is a film which still manages to be compelling for most of the time. It's 2022, and prison colonies are owned by huge corporations. Former Marine John Robbins (Ray Liotta) murdered his commanding officer a decade prior after killing innocent civilians, and after escaping from 2 high security prisons, is confined to an extreme prison, whose warden (Michael Lerner) has Robbins sent to the island of Absolom, where prisoners have become feral tribes. As soon as Robbins lands, he's captured by The Outsiders, led by Marek (Stuart Wilson), but Robbins escapes and meets another group, The Insiders, led by The Father (Lance Henriksen), who has been planning to overthrow Marek, (they're fierce rivals) and find a way off Absolom, which is exactly what Robbins wants as well. It manages to do quite a lot with so little, with cameos from UK TV actors such as Don Henderson and Ian McNeice, it's not all perfect, but it makes the most of it's locations in Queensland, Australia. Plus, this film got Campbell the job of doing GoldenEye (1995), good on him.
½ May 8, 2013
This film is ugly to look at, but it's interesting to see some bizarre possible influences for films like Battlefield Earth. Just check out Stuart Wilson's Marek, he dresses like Terl, complete with dreadlocks and the futuristic clothing style. The only thing missing is the go-go boots and alien makeup. Stuart Wilson's performance is scenery-chewing awful in this film too. Of interest only to fans of forgotten B-movies.
½ April 6, 2013
Martin Campbell directed this?! Wow! This was a weird little sic-fi flick. Didn't really do it for me.
February 8, 2013
Quite alright for being cheap action. + for originality, + for the turnaround from what looks like a completely hopeless situation for the main chararacter.
January 23, 2013
Wicked flick....think Lord of the Flies starring a pissed off Ray Liotta. Cool premise & plot, great acting. One of the most bad-ass movies of the 90s!
December 31, 2012
Silly and derivative, but a well made bit of sci-fi/action pulp. With Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Edge of Darkness, Casino Royale) directing, you know the action will be good and there's also a surprisingly strong cast that features Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, Stuart Wilson, Michael Lerner, Ernie Hudson, Kevin J. O'Connor and a number of other familiar faces.
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