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- Mosquito Coast -
Starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix

Mosquito Coast is one of the best books I have ever read, and the movie does super well
to do justice to that novel. It is also one of Harrison Ford's best character roles;
the eccentricity and opinionated genius of Allie is done to perfection by him. Peter
Weir's brilliant direction is to be expected considering his other masterpieces Fearless,
also based on an excellent book of the same name, is one of the best movies yet. His films
(Truman Show, Green Card, and Witness come to mind) tend to chronicle troubles and eccentric
characters to go out on a limb, literally.

The narration is carefully done, only enough voice-overs to explain the philosophical
implications and underpinnings of the characters' thoughts and actions. There are, of course,
some mysterious elements to how things happen, which can only be remedied by reading
Theroux's book of the same name.

Taking a very Robinson Crusoe-esquire piece of fiction and putting it to film is not an easy
process. In fact, this is the kind of novel that can be very easily messed up by the movies
with strong action and adventure type Hollywood direction. Luckily, Weir has done an excellent
job portraying the characters not so much the plot of those who will come to inhabit The
Mosquito Coast. In short, not only is Mosquito Coast a film to watch, it should be required.

RATING: 10/10 "We eat when we're not hungry, drink when we're not thirsty. We buy what we
don't need and throw away everything that's useful. Why sell a man what he wants? Sell him
what he doesn't need. Pretend he's got eight legs and two stomachs and money to burn. It's
wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong."

Video cover.

Video cover.

Soundtrack cover.


IMDB Mosquito Coast website

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