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The Mosquito Coast


Based on a best-selling novel, this is the story of one man's attempt to create a utopian existence in the rain forest for his family, which evolves into a desperate fight for their lives.

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- Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Examines the consequences of a father's egotism on his family.

- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice, Thursday, January 3, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Science vs. faith, The Mosquito Coast delves into the persistences of civilisation wrought onto the merits of fortune through hope or rewards through determination. Weir's delicate eye has lensed a gorgeous picture painted with the brush of a naturalist and with the moral clarity of a poet. The film is a supreme enjoyment that manages to pack much into it's running time, hitting its strides on regular notes. Had it entered its domains with more ferocious input then it could have been astonishing, but instead it suffices for an impacting feature - more than can be said about most films.

- shortcartoonist, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

2 stars

A decent movie, I guess - conceptually original and cinematographically interesting. It's also nice to see Harrison Ford play a character not franchised into a three-movie deal, accompanied by the very talented River Phoenix and Helen Mirren. Easy to watch with decent acting and effects, but there's really nothing to get excited about here.

- danperry17, Saturday, September 29, 2007

3 stars

Harrison Ford in one of his earliest un-heroic roles as know-it-all inventor taking his family to the Central American jungle where things go bad rather soon as the eccentric father is getting more and more obsessed with his ideas and ideals, which ironically aren't better than the ones he is trying to leave behind. Ford convinces as a person who might have the right plans but can't admit mistakes or see the bigger picture, bringing his family into jeopardy. Avoiding stereotypes of other drop-out stories director Peter Weir doesn't judge his main character, aware that his actions and words speak for themselves. The combination of adventure movie and family drama works out fine, also thanks to the rest of a good cast and the good directing. Definitely worth checking out.

- ironclad1609, Sunday, July 20, 2008