Plot: What’s it about?
Well this is my first “trial-run” movie review so here it goes! Director/producer Ivan Reitman brings us this romantic comedy with just a twist of adventure. The story focuses on Quinn Harris played by Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) and Robin Monroe played by Anne Heche (volcano, I know what you did last summer). Robin is a sassy asst. editor for Dazzle, a N.Y based women’s magazine. Robins love interest Frank Martin, played by Friends David Schwimmer, convinces her to take a weeklong hiatus on the beautiful island of Makatea. After landing in Tahiti the couple meets up with the pilot of their connecting flight to Makatea, Quinn Harris. Its love, beauty and mai-tai’s once the couple lands on the exotic island, until Robin gets a call from her senior editor informing her of a “emergency” photo shoot in Tahiti. How will our young leading lady get back? Quinn of course! After some convincing and financial negotiation, she convinces Quinn to take her back to Tahiti, leaving Frank on the island with Quinn’s sexy, young flight assistant Angelica (Jacqueline Obradors). I don’t want to give away too much of the film, but the two hit some rough weather on the way to Tahiti and crash land on a island somewhere between Tahiti and Makatea. Its all adventure, excitement and romance from there on.
Now ill admit, it was hard for me to accept Harrison Ford in a romantic leading role, I mean its Han Solo for God’s sake! But Ford is amazing as usual and turns in a above average performance at worst. The sexy, perky Anne Heche turns in a great performance as Robin, and the chemistry between the two is pretty good. Now im going to be a little bias because im not a big David Schwimmer fan. He’s funny on Friends but as for film, he doesn’t offer much. His portrayal of Frank is like watching Ross on Friends, in my opinion he’s a one-dimensional actor. But his role is small so I guess its ok.
Overall, Ivan Reitman does a good job of pulling off a movie that could have been a lot worse. Like I said, the chemistry between Ford and Heche is good. There’s laughs, loves, and even some pirates!! A good movie for the boyfriend/girlfriend audience, but not for the single guy waiting for Die Hard 4 to be released. Just take the movie for what it is, a love story with some good laughs, and you wont be disappointed.
Video: How does it look?
Well im not a video expert, but as far as I can see this movies visuals are as my old boss would say “nothing to write home about”. It’s a little grainy and at times the color tends to bleed, especially during those orange-red sunsets and the movies menu. It’s not my TV trust me!! Besides, this is not a visually driven movie so the average video quality is a passing grade.
Audio: How does it sound?
Now you’re talking my language, sound!! Unfortunately, with the exception of a few gunshots and a explosion or two, there’s not to much listen to here. The movie is presented in 5.1 Dolby digital and all channels ring through clear. Like I said not much in the audio effects category, but defiantly good sound here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Well this is my favorite category, its 40% of the reason I got a DVD player! Unfortunately, this movie is a super-lightweight in this category. All we get is the almost standard theatrical trailer, and a few (4) recommendations (unviewable). So needless to say I was very disappointed this area.