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Introduction

Main Actors: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly Other Actors: Andrew Taft, Edward Taft, Badgett Dale Director: Harry Hook MPAA Rating: 15 for (violence) Run Time: 01h:29m:44s Release Date: November 20, 2001 UPC: 027616868374 Genre: drama + adventure Harry Hook's Lord of The Flies is a outstanding achievement; he brings the novel by Sir William Golding to the screen with the touch of a master. This success is impressive because he has brought the story forward to modern times and has made the characters American rather than British, while still keeping the heart of the novel. If you have read the book, you will see that Hook does not play down some of the more disturbing scenes. The film is based on a simple story. A group of boys, in this case, cadets of a military school, end up on a deserted island after their plane crashes. ...read more.

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The basic ideas of the book were portrayed in the movie. Using a completely different idea for the beast was slightly disappointing. But a strong point was a very memorable scene. When, Simon was murdered, there was a dialogue between Ralph, Piggy, and the twins that almost made me cry. Another downside for me was that the boys in the movie were American but in the book the boys were British. I anticipated British swear words, school cloaks, accents, and hats for the choirboys. But however what I got was no British swearing, American accents, military uniforms, and no mention of the choir, which was in the book. As the film progresses, you watch with anxiety, as the outcome of the novel unfolds. He makes use of wounds and death to emphasize human cruelty and lack of concern to the world around us. ...read more.

Conclusion

We just stumble from one minor explosion to the next, inevitably finding ourselves at the bloody climax. There is an awful lot of "talk, talk, talk" which can work well on paper, but unless you have skilled actors, doesn't work so well onscreen. Great talent does not surround Hook in this film. Balthazar Getty as Ralph is vital to giving us something to pull for in this nasty business, but the lad, who has limited screen appearances, is not up to the challenge of this great novel turned film. The cinematographer Martin Fuhrer deserves credit for capturing the island's most interesting features. So one of the best things you can say about this version of Lord of the Flies is that the island looks pretty. To conclude I believe the film was entertaining in parts but I wouldn't go out on a limb to see it and if you don't have the option of the film the book for me is a better choice anyway. Written by Lauren Hazard ...read more.

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