With sharply expressive performances by its young cast, this stunning adventure explores the deep, dark corners of the human soul, as a group of adolescent castaways are thrust into an intense world where law and accountability are governed by the rules of survival. After a harrowing plane crash into the sea, a group of American military cadets finds itself marooned on a deserted island. Realising the minimal chances of being rescued, the boys band together out of fear and desperation. But as the island paradise becomes their own, competition and power struggles split them into two packs. Ralph (Balthazar Getty) leads one group and preaches civilised ingenuity and togetherness, but Jack (Chris Furrh) wants nothing of it and builds a faction of barbaric hunters who ultimately go to war with Ralph. This powerful shift in conscience transforms ordinary lads into primal killers, setting off a devastating battle of good versus evil and presenting a haunting metaphor for the savage in us all.
Goes from dreadful to full of dread
- Lord of the Flies review by JD
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For the first 20 the appalling acting is so difficult to forgive, even from child actors, that ejecting seemed a good option. The plot however is so gripping that despite the acting it is difficult not to be drawn into the characters and the situation. The barbarisation of schoolboys stranded on an island. The last 20 minutes are utterly compelling and lived with me for a few days. It is dreadfully sad, believable and a powerful exposure of the primitiveness of human psychology.