The MAD MAX influence is clear in this so-so adventure film which boasts a prison with a difference: there are no cells, no walls, no bars, no guards. Instead the location is a remote island, where there are no hopes of escape (as the title would suggest). This makes the film a bit more interesting, besides which we've had more than our fill of traditional prison films throughout the years and continue to do so.Unfortunately, though, with such an interesting premise, this could have been a lot better. As it is, the film is fairly plodding, with long scenes of dialogue broken up occasionally by action. There are two reasons for this, a) the film runs for two hours when an hour and a half would be a lot slicker, and b) there are so many different characters involved that it takes a lot of time to go from one to another, to chart their different lives and experiences.Thankfully, what could have been a totally dull and boring film is saved by an ensemble cast of cult and mainstream actors. Taking the lead is Ray Liotta, once again doing his intense persona role he uses in everything from GOODFELLAS to TURBULENCE. Liotta's character has a more developed personality than you might imagine, and for much of the film he disagrees with and opposes the good guys, it's not all smiles and hugs as with many other action \"heroes\". Liotta is well supported by Lance Henriksen, who plays the village elder and is surprisingly frail, especially considering that he usually plays tough guy roles.Other familiar faces pop up from time to time, including Kevin Dillon as a young and impressionable warrior, Ernie Hudson, the oft-forgotten fourth of the GHOSTBUSTERS, and a surprising amount of British actors including Don Henderson and Jack Shepherd. Often, though, characterisation is replaced with scenes of violence and warfare, some quite gruesome for a 15 certificate film, namely a graphic decapitation. The baddies in the film are a group of warriors clad just like the baddies in the MAD MAX trilogy, and are aided and abetted by some jungle-dwelling cannibals for good measure.However, the problem is that the action sequences pale in comparison to the likes of BRAVEHEART, the plot is clichéd, obvious (the traitor's identity is glaringly so) and unremarkable, and the running time is just too long to maintain any suspense or excitement. Still, if prison films are your thing then this is a pleasing atypical alternative to the more usual fare, bolstered by a nice cast who give it their best and with some fun special effects.
There's really nothing that says down and dirty action more than \"Ray Liotta\". And he delivers in this flick which is a cross between CBS' \"Survivor\", \"Battlefield Earth\" and \"Waterworld\". And somehow that's supposed to be a compliment.From the opening 10 minutes, you get the idea this will be a movie about a jailbreak fro ma futuristic prison (not unlike \"Half Past Dead\"). But soon the entire plot changes and for the rest of the movie, we are treated to 2 opposing clans on a remote island who must fight for survival. Two clans composed of convicted murderers. Which one will Ray Liotta join? The good or the bad? Ernie Hudson also stars. Usually he is typecast as a cop, but don't worry - they made him a security guard to mix it up a little. Also appearing is a wiry, stuttering Kevin Dillon. Unlike his blood-thirsty character from \"Platoon\", this Dillon is a wuss. You would expect him to work in the pit crew for his brother in the movie \"Herbie: Fully Loaded\". Oh Kevin, how the mighty have fallen - starring alongside Depp and Sheen 20 years ago and where are you now? Anyway, if you like movies with a lot of stabbing and a condemned man trying to fight the law and escape his captors, this is a film for you. Recommended!
In 1973, a relative unknown director,named Bob Clark (who would go on to direct such toothsome fare as 'A Christmas Story',the original 'Black Christmas',and to a lesser extent,the Porky's films)directed (and co-wrote the screenplay) a shoe string budget horror/comedy film,which was eventually released as 'Childern Shouldn't Play With Dead Things'(although it did go by other titles in various other places),that for it's time was an obvious homage (of sorts)to George A. Romero's 'Night Of The Living Dead'. The plot concerns a group of young people, out for a night of debauched merriment. They take a boat to an island,to a creepy old deserted house (is there any other kind?)which is located close to a cemetery. They decide to have a bit of macabre fun & cast some spells to re-animate the dead. Just to up the ante,they unearth one of the corpses & have some deranged fun with it (much to the chagrin of some of the others). After a while, the fun of the first half of the film turns to a night of horror as the dead do start to rise from the grave. The film then turns to a full pitched horror film. If the plot sounds familiar, you're right. It is kind of a precursor to Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead' series (with some of the dark humour that Raimi infused into 'Evil Dead 2:Dead by Dawn',which is my personal favourite). The film is cast with an ensemble of relative unknowns (but does feature low budget schlock horror Meister,Alan Ormsby,who co wrote the screenplay with Bob Clark, as the male lead). This is the kind of film that was obviously targeted at drive in's that mostly catered to an audience that worshiped cheap,low/no budget,cheese-ball horror films (with plenty of blood & gore on tap),biker films & other exploitation fare. Good for an evening of cheesy fun. Rated 'PG' by the MPAA,this film serves up some rather tame violence,in contrast to some of the other bloody,gory horror fare of the era & some naughty language 076b4e4f54