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Mysterious Island (2005)

To escape evils of the Civil War, Cyrus removes his small family and random war prisoners by way of hot air balloon. Once landing on an island, the group finds they are surrounded by danger... See full summary »

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Pencroff
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Lemay
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To escape evils of the Civil War, Cyrus removes his small family and random war prisoners by way of hot air balloon. Once landing on an island, the group finds they are surrounded by danger from giant insects and gold-craving pirates. Turned away by the only safe haven on the island, owned by Captain Nemo, played by Patrick Stuart, the group is forced to find shelter and survive. Written by Katelyn

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This is the second time Kyle MacLachlan and Patrick Stewart have appeared together. The previous time was 'Dune' (1984) and Kyle MacLachlan played Paul Atreides and Patrick Stewart played Gurney Halleck See more »

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In the beginning, when the balloon basket is crashing into the sea, you can clearly see the balloon support ropes are no longer attached to the support ring. Nothing is attached to it anymore. As the support ring breaks, it's also visible it's made of wood painted black, not wrought iron. See more »

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Version of The Mysterious Island (1929) See more »

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On a scale of 1 to 10 this one owes ME points
22 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Picture a pirate captain (NOT Long John Silver) with really long hair and a constant 1 day stubble of beard. Now make him try to talk like the most famous pirate ever (played by Robert Newton) and have him do it very badly.

Picture beautiful Thailand with lush vegetation. Now superimpose cheesy giant CGI critters that look like they were thrown together in an afternoon of programming while playing the original "DOOM!" game.

Picture Jules Verne rolling over. And over. And over. Which he undoubtedly did during the writing of a script that ignores both the ideas and the spirit of his masterful book. I'm accustomed to seeing novels hacked at to transition them from print to film, but this is the very epitome of a hatchet job. Necessary characters are dropped completely, and unnecessary characters are added. The plot has been changed in not-so-subtle ways. And while I have great respect for Patrick Stewart and his talent this movie even makes him look bad.

The kids may enjoy this simply because they are kids, but this is not something I would recommend for a serious fan of Jules Verne. They might hurt themselves while they are kicking the TV.


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