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Swept Away (Bilingual) [Import]
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MADONNA and ADRIANO GIANNINI star in director/screenwriter GUY RITCHIE' a story of love, sex and too much money - allset against the backdrop of a spectacular Mediterranean island paradise. A rich, spoiled socialite(Madonna) and a handsome Italian fisherman (Giannini) find themselves stranded on a deserted islandwhere matters of material wealth and class disparity are meaningless. And in their struggle to survive and coexist in their paradise found, they soon discover that their dramatic differences are suddenly the source of a fierce, passionate and sometimes hilarious animal attraction.
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When the Madonna character demands that Pepe take her in a motorized rubber boat, he at first refuses but she is a woman that will not be denied. The motor stalls and they end up on an island with no other people and the only structure is an old wooden shack.
With Pepe the only one with knowledge of how to survive, the roles are reversed, although it takes some time for the woman to realize it. The action goes along a predictable path, although the sadistic nature of Pepe goes on a bit too long. Love blooms as long as they are alone, but things will be different if they are rescued and return to civilization.
The ending is the only major point of the plot that is unpredictable as the viewer wonders if the lure of money and civilization will prove stronger when it is returned rather than love and happiness in a simple life.
The performances really are nothing to rave about, although all are adequate. Some scenes, such as the repeated humilation of Pepe and the love scenes on the beach, are repeated too many times. We get the point and then it is reinforced over and over again to the point of dullness. It is an average movie.
I am certainly not a big Madonna fan. While I admire how she's been able to reinvent herself musically, her acting ability leaves something to be desired. Her acting in this movie was not good...not good at all. But that aside, I felt the supporting cast was excellent, especially Adriano Giannini. Next to him, Madonna looked like an awkward first year high school drama student. Had someone else played the role of Madonna's spoiled rich girl, say Annette Bening or Debra Winger, the movie would have probably done much better. Madonna's lack of screen credibility doomed this one right out of the gate. Granted, Madonna's getting up there in age, but I was struck by how old and gristly she looked...even with makeup.
The cinematography was actually really good. Shots of the beach, panoramic shots of the ocean, the flora and fauna, all were visually pleasing. I'd probably watch the DVD again for that alone.
Would I run out and buy it? No. Would I rent it? Yes. Only if there was nothing else to choose from. On an "A" to "F" grading scale, it's a solid "C-".
Directed by Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels-Snatch) made a watchable, sometimes funny romantic film that is Interesting to look at. Alex Barber`s Cinematography is the Highlight of the Movie. The film has some good moments but moments of mean-spirited, some viewers will be turned off. This is a Remake of the 1974 film, directed by Lina Mertmuller. Giannini`s father:Giancarlo was in the Original Film. DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an terrific Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD has 16 Deleted Scenes with/without Commentary, theatrical trailers but the DVD Best Feature is the Jokey 20-Minute Featurette of Swept Away is the most entertaining, Even Funnier than the Movie! This film isn`t as bad, you might think. True, it was a Box Office Flop, the film might receive a Cult Status. The film is a Curio at Best. Grade:B+.
Most recent customer reviews
TERRIBLE ending but great movie.. Guy Ritchie should have provided an "alternate ending" but THANK YOU AMAZON! YOu guys RAWK!!!!!!!!Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
i don't think this movie is as awful as everyone says.i think it's
mildly amusing.bu ti don't think it's very interesting,and it is
slow. Read more
OK, let me start off by saying this movie wasn't what the critics made it out to be. The movie was actually good. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by A. Garcia
After reading all the negative reviews for this movie, I was hesitant to see it. But, I really enjoyed it. It's funny, and sad. I highly reccomend it.Published on July 5 2004
I do not understand why this movie got such critically negative reviews. This was a great movie. I thought it was extremely well acted and portrayed. Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Loki Shams
4 Stars do to Guy's directing, not Madonna's acting. As much as I love Madonna, she seems a bit stiff in this movie. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Tim Chapin
This movie surprised me in several ways. One, it was an excellent performance by Maddona. Two, it was less violent than the original (which was too chauvinistic and brutal). Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004
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