Richard meets a strange neighbor with a map to a supposed paradise while staying at a Bangkok hotel. Taking the map, he invites other neighbors Francoise and Etienne to follow the map with him to the mysterious paradise. What they find is a reclusive community on a beautiful island. After falling in love with the island, Francoise, and the strange community, Richard slowly learns paradise may still be a dream. Leonardo DiCaprio (Richard), Virginie Ledoyen (Francoise), Guillaume Canet (Etienne), Robert Carlyle (Daffy), Tilda Swinton (Sal), Staffan Kihlbom (Christo), Jukka Hiltunen (Karl), Magnus Lindgren (Sten), Lidija Zovkic (Mirjana). The Beach starts off looking like a generic drama or thriller that leads the audience slowly from everyday life into a surreal world of dreams. The journey is surprisingly believable as the story follows Richard to a beautiful tropical paradise with beautiful people and a simple, fulfilling life. But like the well known story, Richard takes the metaphorical bite out of an apple and paradise suddenly becomes more dangerous than the mundane life he used to lead. Before long, the mundane life he used to lead is looking more like a new paradise. Acting was okay from DiCaprio but he felt over animated in a few scenes. Ledoyen did well and seemed to have good chemistry with DiCaprio while remaining somewhat aloof at the same time. Canet was a good antagonist as was Swinton who did well with her role requiring a switch from supporting character to more of a lead role and finally to antagonist. The remainder of the supporting cast did fairly well with good emotion and delivery. Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were very good with beautiful tropical and beach scenery. Effects were action and gore based and also nicely done and fitting for the film. Dialogue was good though a few accents were difficult. Sound and soundtrack were good without overwhelming scenery. Overall The Beach is a nicely done drama thriller with a highly entertaining storyline that generates good interest and moves along at a very good pace. With some poor acting being the biggest detractor from the film, it is still enjoyable, fun, and worth watching. With plenty of drug use, adult themes and activities, foul language, violence, gore, mild sex scenes and nudity save this for adults and above. The Beach is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres. Released: 2000 Reviewed: 12.14.10 Star rating: 4 out of 5 copyright ©2010 Dave Remember to click on Subscribe!!
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