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Blue Lagoon: The Awakening (2012)

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Two high school students become stranded on a tropical island and must rely on each other for survival. They learn more about themselves and each other while falling in love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Indiana Evans ... Emmaline 'Emma' Robinson
Brenton Thwaites ... Dean McMullen
Denise Richards ... Barbara Robinson
Patrick St. Esprit ... Jack McMullen
Frank John Hughes ... Phil Robinson
Alix Elizabeth Gitter ... Lizzie
Carrie Wampler ... Stacey Robinson
Hayley Kiyoko ... Helen
Aimee Carrero ... Jude
Annie Tedesco ... Ms. Collier
Christopher Atkins ... Mr. Christiansen
Jacob Artist ... Stephen Sullivan
Marcus Giamatti ... Principal Thomas
Brendan Calton ... Sam Liefer
Rick Chambers Rick Chambers ... Reporter


In this passionate modern day retelling of the classic novel, Emmaline Robinson and Dean McMullen are on two opposing sides of their high school world. But when they are caught in a storm at sea during a Caribbean field trip and stranded on a tropical island, these two teenagers will have to come together in ways they never imagined. Without parents, without cell phones and without help, they will learn how to survive on their own or face the ultimate consequences. As they explore and learn about each other, they also learn about themselves while falling in love, while waiting for rescue on the island. Written by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Release Date:

16 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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Blue Lagoon: The Awakening See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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As of the June 16, 2012 air date, the main actors Indiana Evans and Brenton Thwaites were 21 and 22 years old respectively, each playing 17-18 year old high school students. See more »


The young adults would not be able to survive 100 days and maintain their appearance, if they survived at all. As was seen on the series Alone, trained survivalists had difficulty lasting in a similar environment for much longer than 2 months. Those that lasted a significant amount of time had lost a great deal of their body mass, with some being medically disqualified due to weight loss. See more »


Emmaline 'Emma' Robinson: Do you ever think about what everybody else is doing?
Dean McMullen: Who's everybody else?
Emmaline 'Emma' Robinson: Friends, family... People out in the world.
Dean McMullen: We're everybody else now, Prom Queen.
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A Formula Film with a Touch of Subversion
14 January 2014 | by SentinelPrimeSee all my reviews

Okay, I am a little bit embarrassed to be reviewing this film, but I read some other reviews, and I wanted to point out some elements I noticed.

I caught this movie by accident one morning when I happened to have a day off. I was just flipping channels when it came on. When I saw what it was, I decided to leave it on while I did other things.

What surprised me about the film was the arc for Indiana Evans' character, Emma. While much of the movie was silly, the dialog between the two leads seemed honest in the context of the story and the characters. They actually talked to and got to know one another. Also, unusual for a Lifetime movie, Emma actually takes joy and pleasure in her own sexuality. That the character (not the actor) is a teenager makes for a slightly subversive moment in an otherwise formulaic film.

Emma is also the one who misunderstands Dean when they return home, which is nice, as often men are portrayed as misinterpreting signals, and instead Emma misunderstands Dean. Emma and her sister also have a great moment that passes the Bechtel test, in that they do not talk about the men in their lives, but each other.

The movie has problems, but the acting is not one of them. I think the two leads are quite good with the material, and they make their characters work despite some obvious holes in the plot. The movie's island scenes were also beautifully filmed. The eponymous lagoon is particularly lovely.

Not a spectacular film, but it had a few surprises.

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