Rescuers try to reach plane crash victims that are trapped on an isolated Mexican island populated by mutant baboons. Ron Perlman stars as a troubled guide hired to lead the mission.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Davis
Roxana Zal ...
Tara Matthews
Kelsey Cunningham
Eddie Mendoza
Julian Sedgwick ...
Stan Kovacs
Jimy Hefner ...
Bruno Danza ...
Ramiro González ...
Boat mate (as Ramiro Gonzales)
Baboon patriarch (as Lorene Noh)
Gustavo Tecuapetla R. ...
Baboon player 1
Lincy Anahy Avila G. ...
Baboon player 2
Claudia Acosta A. ...
Baboon player 3
Artemio Arzate H. ...
Baboon player 4


A private plane carrying the daughter of a rich businessman crash-lands on the uninhabited island of San Miguel off the coast of Mexico, an island regarded by the locals as cursed. The businessman's Chief of Security, Scott Davis mounts a high-tech mission to rescue the survivors, and in his search to find a guide, comes across Frank Brodie, a man who was on the island ten years previously. Davis finds Brodie to be a brooding, reclusive drunk, haunted by his experiences on the island, and Brodie tells Davis that it isn't worth mounting a rescue mission as the survivors will, by now, be dead. Brodie, however, decides to tag along, bringing along a veritable arsenal of weapons and a fatalistic attitude, ridiculing Davis' plans as naive. Accompanying them is Tara Matthews, a young woman purporting to be a medic, and Davis' second-in-command, Eddie Mendoza, a down-to-earth practical man who very quickly realizes Brodie knows what he is doing and is inclined to believe what the man says. ... Written by Helen Chavez

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The working title for the film was "Wild World". See more »


When the cave explodes, you can see that it is a stuntman jumping out, not Ron Perlman. See more »


Frank Brodie: [the team has just encountered the first mutant baboon] Bet you won't see that in National Geographic.
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »

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Formula monster movie done extremely well
7 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No mistake, this is a formula movie. The cynic imposed upon to go on a dangerous quest, teaching the others about the dangers. But it done exceptionally well. Ron Perlman has earned a lot of respect. He gives what could have been a stereotype a lot of character, but it isn't all him. Credit must also be given to the writers, director, and rest of the crew. It was a good team effort. The result is a fun, riveting film that leaves you hanging. The monsters in the case are mutant savage primates on an island. Perlman has dealt with before, and doesn't feel any impulse to deal with them again. He is coaxed into it, however. The story is good. The action well directed, the danger well defined. It lacks the silly blood and gore all over the place all the time that more comically inclined movies have, so you take it much more seriously. The reactions of the characters are well filmed. Stands out in the B monster movie genre.

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