Top critical review
nice scenery, not much story
on June 16, 2004
Return to the Blue Lagoon, originally released in 1991, is based on the story after Emmeline and Richard die at sea, but their boy is rescued by a ship. On this ship, a lady named Sarah and a baby girl named Lilli escape the disease-ridden ship as well as a ill-intentioned shipmate before landing on the island that has the blue lagoon. It stars Milla Jovovich as Lilli and Brian Krause as Richard, and also Lisa Pelikan as Sarah, the widow who takes care of them as infants before dying on the island. The duo are at different times threatened by a shark, native tribes, and a ship of people.
This movie, while containing much beautiful scenery and a good idea, lacks both the persuasion and plot necessary for it to be recommended by myself. It also lacks meaning, besides a somewhat-unconvincing theme of staying true to each other in trying times, which is barely even noticeable above the drivel.
Especially annoying is Brian Krause's portrayal of Richard, who is whinier than Luke Skywalker at the beginning of Star Wars IV: A New Hope. His acting was also not that great, to put it kindly. As another reviewer put it, he is even at some points embarrassing, such as his ongoing antagonism with a shark. "You think you own this reef?" he shouts one of the times. Milla Jovovich's performance was much better, as well as Lisa Pelikan's, but the plot didn't hold up under the weight of the meaninglessness drivel. There was no suspense, such as we could at least see with The Beach, another flick with a "paradise-threatened" theme.
I guess some could call this a chick flick, I just call it boring. Overall, this probably is not a great movie even to rent, unless you are in the mood for a movie about people stranded on an island, and The Beach, Castaway and Robinson Crusoe are checked out already.