The Beach

The Beach

DVD - 2000 | Special ed. widescreen version
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"A young American backpacker ... on a secret, deceptively perfect beach ... will discover that 'heaven on earth' can instantly change into a jungle of seduction and danger"--Container.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2000
Edition: Special ed. widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD B DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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lukasevansherman
Sep 04, 2018

The same team that did 90s classics "Trainspotting" and "Shallow Grave" kinda fell on their face with this adaptation of the Alex Garland novel. It's not so much bad as uneven and a botched opportunity, given how strong the source material is. A key problem is leading man Leonardo Di Caprio, who is just not a very good actor. Co-stars Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlye, and Virginie Ledoyne fare better. The Thai setting is lovely, but the depiction of Thai characters is less so. And for someone who put together one of the best soundtracks of the decade ("Trainspotting"), Danny Boyle's embrace of mediocre dance/rave music is disappointing. How much of its time is it? Moby is on the soundtrack. I hadn't seen this in a while and hadn't noticed all the "Apocalypse Now" references, which brings the movie's shallowness to the forefront. Garland would write the screenplays for two other Boyle films, "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine," before making his own film "Ex Machina."

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HopeButterfly
Dec 05, 2014

Didn't like the movie and didn't finish it!!!

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hammer59
Aug 13, 2014

Great story, superb acting! Rare 5 star film.

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0892nowoy
May 08, 2014

I did not like this movie couldn't even finish it !!

I saw this movie the day it came out. I loved it then and I love it now! Well said don't you think?

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pillay500
Nov 27, 2013

this movie sounds good to me, I really like the first one.

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Bookworm39
Jan 25, 2012

Liked this movie a lot. The scenery is very beautiful. I thought that Leonardo Decaprio's acting was very good.

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