Survival Island

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Tom Reding

Plot: What’s it about?

A wealthy business man named Jack Matson (Billy Zane) takes his wife Jennifer (Kelly Brook) on a cruise around the Caribbean in a privately rented yacht. Accompanied by a few friends, they board the boat only having first witnessed the deckhand getting into a fight with his “girlfriend”, I presume, ending with her slapping him and putting some sort of curse on him. Right from the start this movie gets pretty weird. We are bombarded with shots of the deckhand’s girlfriend dancing around a pentagram on the floor, chanting what sounds like voodoo curses while playing with voodoo dolls and killing live chickens, it doesn’t really make sense. It really has nothing to do with what little plot there is and only comes back for the last 5 minutes of the film. But after we get away from the weird voodoo scene the boat cruise starts. Not long after, a fire breaks out in the kitchen and everyone is told to abandon ship. Of course there’s a huge storm that blows the life boats over and separates the crew, leaving only the handsome deckhand and the gorgeous Jennifer stranded on a deserted island, that is until Jack shows up 2 days later. Jack begins to suspect that the deckhand (Juan Pablo Di Pace) and his wife have been having an affair in the 2 days they have been stranded. Tension starts to rise on the island and eventually Jack starts going crazy. This leads Jennifer to side with the deckhand and of course, become romantically involved. I mean, what would a Showtime movie be without the steamy sex scenes. So this goes on for the bulk of the movie, Jennifer and the deckhand get romantic, Jack gets mad and decides that he needs to kill them. Without giving away the ending, the movie’s tagline pretty much sums it up “Three Arrive. One Survives”.

As far as the movie goes, I was not very impressed. The acting is sub-par even though I loved Billy Zane in Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight. The story was pretty lame and predictable, nothing too dramatic. The tension never really got to the point where I was afraid of what was going to happen. But as far as an hour and a half of watching Kelly Brook romp around the beach in a white bikini goes, this was top notch. If for nothing else, a gorgeous woman on a deserted island with 2 guys and a few steamy sex scenes, might be worth a rental.

Video: How does it look?

All of the movie takes place outside, with the majority of the scenes during the day. The colors were pretty good, and everything was very bright. The edges weren’t as sharp as most DVD’s, but given the production value, I wasn’t expecting anything top notch. My only complaint about the video was a few little artifacts towards the beginning of the movie. I went back to check to see if it was just caused by the DVD player, but it was the same way on 2 players. I didn’t notice anything after the first 10 minutes though, so it may have been a defect.

Audio: How does it sound?

Options of Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo 2.0 (English/Spanish) are both available on the DVD. The 5.1 mix was not as good as most DVD’s. I had a hard time hearing some of the dialogue at times and when I would turn it up the soundtrack would kick in and overpower everything. So overall not the greatest presentation in the sound department.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Not much in the way of extras on this DVD. There are the “Filmographies” of the 3 main characters, which is just a list of all the movies they have been in. A Photo Gallery that consists of about 8 pictures that are actually shots from the movie, so nothing exciting there. And of course trailers for Sleeper Cell, Queer As Folk Season 5, LIza With A Z, and The L Word Season 3. So nothing really worth checking out as far as extras go.

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