Cutthroat Island is a pirate movie and like most other pirate movies before Pirates of the Caribbean it isn’t very good. Why talk about it then? Because it’s still entertaining, just not in a buy-it-on-blu-ray kind of way. The movie stars Geena Davies as a swashbuckling pirate on a quest to discover three pieces of a treasure map that will reveal the location of a mighty treasure on Cutthroat Island. Unfortunatly, the last piece is held by her uncle and they’re not exactly on the best of terms and they’re both in pursuit of the treasure. Oh, and he also killed her father.
The dialog is mostly awful, the story is boring, and the acting is often horrendous, but the movie features some splendid action sequences, grand ship battles and great music.
Cutthroat Island was directed by Renny Harlin, who was Geena Davies’ husband at the time, and it was meant as a vehicle for Davies’ career, but unfortunately it seems to have had the opposite effect. Geena Davies hasn’t stared in much since then which is a shame, she proved her ability to act in iconic movies such as The Fly, Bettlejuice, and Thelma & Louise.
The pirate movie cost $115 million to make and the U.S. gross was around $10 million. It was a contributing factor to the demise of the film’s production company, Carolco Pictures, and of Davis as a bankable star.
All that aside, it’s still an enjoyable movie it you catch in on TV one night. Just ignore the fact that all the pirates have pearly-white teeth.