Genre Guesstimation – Lord of the Flies (1990)


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 Sally of 18 Cinema Lane and we will be reviewing our favorite Youth-Led Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to youthfulsally@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Sally!

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 Youth-Led Movies..

“We can’t have kids stealing and just running wild. We’re going to have to have stricter rules and hand out demerits… I guess.” – Ralph

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Theater in 1990 and 8 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After their plane crashes into the ocean, a group of military cadets must learn to live together in peace on a deserted island until they are rescued.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after having read the novel it is based in when I was 16.

They do an amazing job showing the way that these kids build their society on a deserted island.

Despite the story being transported into the time frame of when this was made, they still didn’t have the benefit of Reality TV and Survivor in order to help them create their new and improved society in a more ideal way.

The novel that this film is based on is quite impactful and they manage to make the transfer to film from the pages quite well especially since they show the various stages of the building of their unique society.

The dialogue is done exceptionally well and e get to understand the various debates between the characters so well.

This allows for the viewer to feel more connected to some of these characters and identify with their thoughts and emotions about all that is going on around them.

The cast of this film is quite impressive especially given the fact that they are almost entirely unknown actors and that helps make things feel more realistic and genuine along the way.

Balthazar Getty stands out among the cast and I’m surprised that his career didn’t skyrocket after his performance in this film because he shows that he has definite talent with all that he does here.

This is a film with a story that touches upon some very powerful and important issues that relate to community and societal building and we get to see how these teenagers create their own form of society while still dealing with the emotional aspects and uncertainty of being a teenager as they each try and form their own distinct opinions and ideas as the world around them is rapidly changing.

This film is able to keep things thrilling throughout as they raise the level of suspense as things move along.

Bottom Line – Great depiction of how a society could be created on a deserted island. The novel this is based on is quite impactful and this film does a wonderful job showing the various stages of the story. The dialogue is perfectly scripted and we can easily identify with some of the characters and their opinions as the debate rages on between the various sides of the conflict. The cast is quite impressive since they all make us believe everything that is happening around them. Getty stands out in the lead role and I’m a bit shocked that this film didn’t help his career take off more than it did.  The story deals with some very powerful and important issues about community building and we get to see how a society is created by a group of teenagers who are still in the process of forming their own ideas and opinions on everything transpiring in the world around them. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – A few weeks before filming started, Balthazar Getty fell from a tree and broke both his wrists. The director decided to write his injuries into the script, and put his character Ralph’s arm in a sling for half of the film. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes very close, but is still missing the added push that would have made this even mor eimpactful.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – Lord of the Flies (1990)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur January Finale – Rich Kids (1979) – 18 Cinema Lane | MovieRob

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