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on August 19, 2001
I spent a year on Easter Island (Rapa Nui)in service to the United States. The people were very friendly and willing to talk about their island. The movie was relatively accurate concerning their past, including the cannibalism. If you lived on an island that is roughly 9 by 16 miles and that island had been deciminated by ecological ignorance, cannibalism might seem like a good idea at some point. It was not a continuing thing. The movie was Hollywoodized for entertainment purposes but was well done and the scenery was very familiar. There were two distinct races and they were the long ears and the short ears. Generally archeologist feel that one race was Polynesian and the other was South American indian. The long ears were generally exterminated in the civil war. Places were accurately named. The statues were carved on the sides of Rana Raraku(S?) and the bird men spent much of their time on the larger volcano called Rana Kao(S?) Once a year the stalwarts of the island did race to "Bird Man's Island" to bring back an egg. I believe it was for the glory and special treatment the winner recieved for the following year. I enjoyed the movie thoroughly.-----PJ
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on January 3, 2000
how little man has changed over the course of history to today. The class struggles and prejudices that existed oh so many years ago are still just as prevalent and destructive today as they are portrayed in this film. This film also demonstrates how much harm unwise leaders can visit upon citizens when the citizenry is less than thoughtful and introspective with regard to the policies set forth by the governing body. Yet through it all the power of love is more than ignorance can conquer. Perhaps the most telling aspect of the film is that we (mankind) have learned next to nothing from our collective history. The same stupidity still has a far too prevalent presence in our society.
Historically accurate or not (who cares) the film is thought provoking, action packed and dramatic. Kevin Costner (Producer) is to be commended for a n outstanding film.
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on November 27, 1999
After visiting Easter Island (Rapa Nui) I wanted to see the movie. For the most part, the movie takes the actual known facts about Rapa Nui history and creates the story around them. Much of Rapa Nui history is still a mystery, so the "gap" filled in by the authors is both entertaining and possibly how history really unfolded. Personally I do not like movies that change history to make them more entertaining, but there was very little of that here. The only thing that was known to be wrong was that the Virgin Cave is really at the other side of the island, but that is only a small detail. Definately an exciting film, but I still recommend visiting the island!
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on May 23, 1999
Hey, I'm a local girl and I just love Jason Scott Lee. But he's not the only reason why I like this movie. It's about Easter Island, which was once called Rapa Nui. This is a very thrilling film, and you get a small sense of what Polynesian culture was like in old times. I can't say if it's accurate or not, but it's very interesting. Also, Jason Scott Lee, Esai Morales, and Sandrine Holt are three very beautiful specimens of the human race! Buy it, it's great!
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on November 7, 1999
This film is a great escape from the modern world and watching a talent like Jason Scott Lee is always a plus. He is not only a great beauty to be mesmerized by, but has charm, elegance and charisma.
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on July 3, 2013
The actual DVD itself won't wont work in my higher end boy ray player but will play in a cheap DVD player. The quality is sub par. The movie itself is excellent
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on May 16, 2015
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