Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island – Fantasy
Category – Movie

Content – OH Fantasy Island, we all remember Mr Rourke and this popular TV Series of the 70’s. So here we go with Mr Rourke, inviting guests to Fantasy Island to grant them their one wish. But wishes aren’t always what they seem? Two guests want “it all” so they get parties, beautiful women and men, everything their hearts desire. But when someone has it all, that means that someone else wants what they have. Chaos begins to erupt. One girl wants revenge on her high school bully, but quickly realizes this bully is actually on the island and her torture is not a fantasy, but very real. Another guest has emotional feelings of losing his father in war, when he comes face to face with him it simply cannot be real. Or is it? And the last guest wants to go back and say YES to the man that proposed to her nearly five years earlier. She gets what she wants, a husband and a daughter. But again, nothing is as it seems on Fantasy Island. This movie starts out very strong, with great intrigue as to what the guests will encounter next (like a madman on the Island?). However, about half way through this film takes a nose dive and heads into a sci-fi type movie. The switching of genres in the middle of the film feels off, and the intrigue becomes a question of Huh? There is a twist at the end that actually becomes predictable while watching. And the very end leaves you thinking “really? it ends THAT way?” This scores a 5 out of 10.

Acting – This film has a bevy of good names – Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, Jimmy O’Yang and even Michael Rooker. The ensemble cast is good enough, a lot of TV fame actors and actresses. And of course Michael Pena as the legendary Mr Rourke. Sorry, horrible casting here. He was not believable as this legendary character. Score is 5 out of 10.

Duration – 1 hr 49 min. The length would have been OK if the movie didn’t take a nose dive half way through. It then becomes just a movie that you say Whatever to and finish it. This gets a 5 out of 10.

TOTAL INDEX for Fantasy Island – 15 out of 30.

Recommended Watch – If I had a do-over, I would have passed. In the end it is an unsatisfying watch.

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