After their plane crashes off the coast of a deserted Pacific island, the surviving members of an American soccer team find themselves in the most dire of circumstances with limited resources, dwindling food supply and no rescue coming any time soon. Team spirit evaporates as disagreements cause the group to separate into factions - a violent one lead by an unbalanced ruler (Peck), and a compassionate one led by a selfless player (Parker).Written by
I disagree with some reviewers that Eden involves exaggerated over-characterisations, or that the male/female divide is hotheads on the one hand and passivity on the other. Nor is the path to aggression abrupt and unrealistic. They start off with food for less than a week and water about the same, so the changes come as quickly as thirst and starvation make their mark. This is a famous and successful soccer team, young American men who by now are cock-sure of themselves and feel a sense of entitlement. It couldn't have been easy to act in this movie, yet the actors do a really magnificent job. I'd give it more points but for anyone whose seen or read Lord of the Flies, well, you know how it plays out. That's not to say that Eden is not a highly engaging thriller and tense drama, and well worth anyone's Saturday afternoon.
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