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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dark Island (2010)



With all of the talk of Ebola or Enterovirus D68 (the virus we should all be worrying about), I felt it would be fitting to dive into something that had bioweapons at the heart. After some digging, I found the 2010 low budget entry Dark Island.


Plot/ Soldiers and scientists visit a remote island, the site of bio-weapons research, after losing contact with the staff there.


If you have read my blog in the past, you would know that I love low budget cinema, especially if the storyline shows originality and the potential to be something more with a larger pot of money. Unfortunately, this low budget entry suffers from something that drives me insane: cliché. It is one thing to pay homage to shows or movies, but to cut-and-paste different elements of storyline from these popular entries drives me crazy. Yes, it suffers from uneven performances, an underdeveloped script and too many clichéd characters and story elements (Think Umbrella Corporation, Komodo vs. Cobra, or Lost). Sure, the CGI actually worked in this one, which does give it some bonus points, but it is definitely not saving it. In the end, this Sci-Fi flick lacks action and originality and is a struggle to watch. Stay Away!

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