A Glowing Review (batteries not included) May 4, 2010
TITLE: Cutthroat Island
GENRE: Adventure, pirate treasure hunt in the Age of Enlightenment
CAST: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine
PLOT: To bring down a successful movie operation, everything possible is done to thwart the telling of this tale. Gal inherits piece of map. Her two uncles have the other two pieces (then one uncle has two pieces, bad Dawg). The map is in Latin and coded. The island finally found. Treasure unearthed. Betrayal seems to doom all, but the heroics of the gal and her 'Latin' lover save the day. But the movie company is scuttled anyway.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 8 of 10 for the movie; 9.5 of 10 for the behind the scenes skullduggery; Davis and Modine shine working their chosen trade. The stunts (in a swashbuckling pirate film very important) are superbly executed. There's dialog and suspense and music and sets and costumes. Somehow this film is listed in Guiness Book of Records as Hollywoods' biggest flop (just for that reason it's worth the time).
DVD BONUS: Brief bios and filmos of the stars and the director and editor; theatrical trailer
ADDED NOTES: Really, an entity must have conspired to doom this film. The cover of the media even has the stars names under the wrong images! This movie has a stunt in it where G D jumps out a 2nd story window, tumbles a somersault on the 1st floor overhang and comes down into the seat of a coach being pulled by 4 huge horses and she lands in a sitting position to take the reins! One of the best stunts in celluloid history. And they mark this film as a failure? One could make a case that this effort kept the whole genre alive in our minds and helped lend to the success of The P's of the Carib a few years later!