Horizons: Cutthroat Island

September 25th, 2010 by | 6 comments

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.

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6 Responses to “Horizons: Cutthroat Island”

  1. Hande says:

    Definitely want to give this one a watch some day. Very soon even. Renny Harlin of course (in case you didn’t know) is Finnish and therefore it’s been interesting to follow his career in Hollywood, even if it hasn’t always been too glorious. Still, Die Hard 2 was hilarious and The Cliffhanger is one of my favorite movies so if I plan to at some point complete my Renny Harlin collection this will probably be one of the first movies I’ll get.

    He’s also now working on a biopic of one of the most important Finns in history, Marshal Mannerheim, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. This one is not an American production obviously but it should be interesting none the less.

  2. Secret Fawful says:

    This is actually a really fun movie, and I liked the acting in it. Yes, its no Pirate of the Caribbean, but Pirates isn’t really a strict pirate movie in the normal sense. It’s very unique in it’s style and storytelling methods. I would compare the Pirates films more to Sinbad movies while I would compare this more to older films like Treasure Island.

  3. apenpaap says:

    It’s quite okay actually. Even though it is often considere the Genre Killer of pirate movies, I found it pretty good.

    You should give “Blackbeard: Terror at Sea” a watch some day, BTW. It’s a very good movie about the historical Blackbeard.

  4. plunderbunny says:

    It’s in my collection right between Goonies and Muppet Treasure Island. I seem to recall that a major portion of the budget went into building authentic ships–which they blew up! It’s a cheesy movie, but it rocks.

  5. Vainamoinen says:

    No movie with a Drew Struzan poster can be really bad! 😉

  6. Igor Hardy says:

    To me the most memorable part of this film is the way the treasure map is hidden at the beginning. Otherwise it’s a merely passable action film.

    In case someone wants to see a truly great (and disgustingly funny) pirate movie I strongly recommend Pirates by Polanski.

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