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The Beach (Bilingual)

Leonardo DiCaprio , Daniel York , Danny Boyle    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it. DVD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Flies, for adults May 1 2010
By mocha
Format:DVD
"The Beach" reminds me of "Lord of the Flies" but instead of boys being stranded on a deserted island, it is about young adults that live on an island that has an idyllic secluded beach and communal lifestyle. One side of the island is home to a 60s type of "hippie" commune, and the other side is occupied by a large scale pot growing operation that is watched over closely by armed guards. The two groups have managed to coexist by remaining mutually exclusive. There appears to be no property ownership or governance on the island even though it is within sight of mainland Thailand. To enjoy the movie, you have to get past the unlikelihood of a present day "lost paradise". L.DiCaprio plays Richard, a kind of rogue male, one of three new members of the commune. In his testosterone pumping youth and immaturity, he finds himself unwilling to abide by the rules as directed by its matriarch. The main rule involves strict secrecy about the beach, the commune, and how to get there. Away from the restrictions and limitations of the society from which he came, DiCaprio's character feels free to challenge others and himself. Because of his behaviour, he is ostracized from the commune, and goes "native". He implodes upon himself. Richard is instrumental is causing conflict between the island's inhabitants, and the downfall of the commune. Like "Lord of the Flies", this movie is about what could happen when people are removed from the watchful eyes of society. Some strive to maintain the "civilized" values from their past. For others, the dark side of the psyche is unleashed, self-discipline gives way to chaos, and chaos leads to destruction. In both this movie and "Lord of the Flies", society is viewed as the controlling force over man's unbridled instinctual nature - an interesting concept.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unappreciated and Underrated Gem! June 2 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Let me start by saying that The Beach has got to be one of the most underrated movies of 2000. Here and there people were saying "It was pointless" or "It was boring". The Beach first of all, is not a completely pointless movie. It actually displays kind of an interesting theme of the existence of paradise, one that many movies have never explored. And in terms of being boring, The Beach may not have tremendous explosions or boat chases, but if you watch it with an open mind, you will find it very captivating. Here's the story: Richard(Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young American traveler, seeking an adventure away from the beaten tourist path. Staying in Thailand, Richard meets joint-smoking, manic Daffy (Robert Caryle) who rattles on and on about a secret beach that is suppoedly flawless in all ways. The next morning, Richard finds that Daffy has killed himself, but left behind a map, showing the way to The Beach. After persuading Francoise(Virginie Ledoyen who is simply gorgeous) and her boyfriend Etienne(Guillaume Canet)to come along with him, the three embark ona journey to the island, where they find two different groups of people, flourish with one peacefully for weeks, and live life it's fullest. However, when Richard begins seeing Daffy everywhere he goes, he begins to discover that beyond the shores of paradise lies something darker and terrifying. The acting in the film is acceptable, but DiCaprio and Caryle steal the show as the unlikely duo of Richard and Daffy. The scenery is simply beautiful as well. As for mood, the film starts out as an adventure with occasional humor, but slowly transforms into a cross between a horror film and a thriller, growing darker, more disturbing, and much more violent. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, Boring, and all Hype. May 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Derivative, inconsistent plot meets with Generation X special effects (a "life as a video-game sequence, woo-hoo!). The result: A very long movie which leaves you feeling like you'll pay in the afterlife for having wasted two hours of your life on it. And it could have been worse! The deleted scenes in the DVD include a "Stomp"-like sequence, which shows how misguided this project truly was! If Di Caprio wanted to shed the teen-heart rob image by turning himself into the American version of Ewan McGregor's Renton, it is safe to say he failed miserably. "The Beach" is a far cry from "Trainspotting" - in fact, the former's so bad, it makes you wonder whether the same Danny Boyle was behind the two films! It's no wonder Mr. Boyle hasn't been heard from in awhile (he's been mostly relegated to TV duties). Heck, I was so disappointed and disgusted with "The Beach," I almost sold my "Trainspotting" DVD! We can only Boyle rebounds like Kevin Smith did after his dismal "Mallrats."
Two words really describe this movie: Pig Vomit.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, Boring, and all Hype. May 22 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Derivative, inconsistent plot meets with Generation X special effects (a "life as a video-game sequence, woo-hoo!). The result: A very long movie which leaves you feeling like you'll pay in the afterlife for having wasted two hours of your life on it. And it could have been worse! The deleted scenes in the DVD include a "Stomp"-like sequence, which shows how misguided this project truly was! If Di Caprio wanted to shed the teen-heart rob image by turning himself into the American version of Ewan McGregor's Renton, it is safe to say he failed miserably. "The Beach" is a far cry from "Trainspotting" - in fact, the former's so bad, it makes you wonder whether the same Danny Boyle was behind the two films! It's no wonder Mr. Boyle hasn't been heard from in awhile (he's been mostly relegated to TV duties). Heck, I was so disappointed and disgusted with "The Beach," I almost sold my "Trainspotting" DVD! We can only Boyle rebounds like Kevin Smith did after his dismal "Mallrats."
Two words really describe this movie: Pig Vomit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars J'adore
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Published 1 month ago by sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars We never stop exploring...
"We never stop exploring, and at the end of all our explorations we come back to where we started, and we will know that place for the first time". T. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed
Arrived in record time. It was exactly what I wanted. Much easier than driving to a store to look for it!
Published 21 months ago by Catherine Munn
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointment
Danny Boyle is one of my favorite directors. Slum Dog Millionaire is amazing. Trainspotting and Shallow Grave are classics. The book The Beach is one of my favorites. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2012 by Ryan G
4.0 out of 5 stars Grandkids Preparation for Thailand Trip
Grandson (19) and Granddaughter (21) are off to Thailand for a holiday in May with friends. This movie will caution them about the choices they make while travelling. Grampa T.
Published on Jan. 26 2011 by T.
5.0 out of 5 stars you might wanna check out the novel by Alex Garland (4.5/5)
this is one intense movie going experience.i don't wanna give too much
away,but it has echoes of Lord of the Flies.if i'm not mistaken it's
also similar to King Rat. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2008 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird...I Guess
I read the book, the book is actually very good, and is the first book i've read in a long time. After the book I rented the movie. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2005 by Thomas Dysart
5.0 out of 5 stars A Meal For the Mind: A Journey in Philosophical Thought
If you know anything about philosophy, even the basics, you are probably familiar with Plato's allegory of the cave or the concept of "real" and "ideal" contrasts in everyday life. Read more
Published on June 12 2005 by Lady Loreleii
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, I enjoyed it....
As a preface/disclaimer, I am a film studies major who appreciates inventive directing etc., but I also enjoy a cheap thrill... Read more
Published on May 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film yet!! Five stars it deserves 10 stars though!!
This movie is one of the best films that I've gotten yet, of course we all know Leonardo DiCaprio acted in Titanic (1997) but this movie is actually better than Titanic put it that... Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Ashley
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