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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 (191 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
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars We never stop exploring... Dec 4 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
"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.S Eliot

Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a world tourist; he tries to go beyond being a tourist. In his travels he is given a map to a secret beach. There he finds more than he bargained for. He may even find himself. We as fellow travelers may also find a bit or our selves.

The presentation has beautiful scenery excellent actors that to not overwhelm their characters, great background music that is not obtrusive, and just enough surrealism to get us involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed Dec 30 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Arrived in record time. It was exactly what I wanted. Much easier than driving to a store to look for it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grandkids Preparation for Thailand Trip Jan. 26 2011
By T.
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.
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By falcon
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.it's directed by Danny Boyle(Train Spotting,28
days Later)and Stars Leonardo DiCaprio,Tilda Swinton and Robert
Carlyle.anyway,there's some great acting here.Tilda Swinton in
particular impressed me.the dialogue is also well written.really the
whole movie is well written.plus there is a high element of suspense
and danger.it's based on a novel by Alex Garland,but i haven't read the
novel,so i can't compare.i may just try to find the novel,so i can
compare.as a movie though it's quite well done.for me,The Beach is a
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unappreciated and Underrated Gem! June 2 2003
By A Customer
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 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
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
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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
1.0 out of 5 stars ????????
This film is so boring that I'm going .......... to fell ...... a .. sleep................zzzzzzzz
Published on April 29 2004 by "krhyme"
4.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Lost...Again
The reason I'm taking a star off is because I've read the novel by Alex Garland. The novel is more intense and I was stunned by the hippie meltdown Armageddon at the end. Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by The JuRK
4.0 out of 5 stars don't expect films to stick to the book
okay so i got this dvd right after reading the book it's based on which i absolutely loved. of course the first thing you'll notice is the many changes the movie makes, i.e. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by L. Carmel
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