Genre Guesstimation – Cutthroat Island (1995)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Richard of Kirkham A Movie A Day and it is Swashbuckler Films

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Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Swashbuckler Films.

“Congratulations, madam. There’s another town you’ve destroyed. ” – William

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – The daughter of a famed pirate sets out with her own crew to find a lost treasure.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard about when it came out and never had any interest in seeing because it looked so silly.

Boy was I right!

This was a terrible film and comes across as a complete farce instead of an enjoyable pirate film.

The leads of Geena Davis (The Director’s wife) and Matthew Modine both feel completely miscast in these roles which takes away so much from the film because instead of feeling intriguing or exciting, everything comes across as annoying.

Te story itself lacks any form of originality and seems like it was cookie cut yet from the wrong parts of the genre.

They attempt to try and use some modern themes in the film but they don’t help in any way to make this any more interesting.

Director Renny Harlin should have stuck to action hero films like Die Hard 2 (1990) and Cliffhanger (1993) and stay clear of making films like this.

Bottom Line – Terrible film because it isn’t fun or interesting at all. Both David and Modine feel very miscast in their roles which instead of intriguing are actually quite annoying. The story itself doesn’t feel original at all and the idea to use “modern” themes doesn’t manage to help make this any more interesting to watch.  Harlin should stick to Die Hard sequels and Stallone action pics because this was not the right direction for him.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Oliver Reed was originally cast as Mordechai Fingers, but he was fired after getting in a bar fight and mooning Geena Davis. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. Terrible film that doesn’t do anything right at all IMHO.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)


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