Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow

Written by: Jeff Wadlow, Christopher Roach, and Jillian Jacobs

Starring: Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Jimmy O. Yang, Portia Doubleday, Ryan Hansen, and Michael Rooker

Reviewed by: Brad Williamson

Genre: Mystery

Score: 2/5

This movie didn’t initially inspire much confidence in me, but Michael Pena and Michael Rooker are both in it, and it’s a Blumhouse production, which always earns a few points, so I gave it a chance. Even if it didn’t exactly amaze, I don’t regret spending the time to watch it either. You’ll find this film somewhere between a low-budget Lost and a high-budget flop.

The premise is familiar yet unique enough to pull you in. The characters and actors aren’t amazing, but they’re not horrible either. The story, too, is interesting without being groundbreaking. The whole movie is pretty average with a hint of intrigue that hooks you until the end, but the end is where it falls flat. Still, even with a lackluster conclusion, the movie is worth a bag of popcorn and a can of beer.

If you don’t set your expectations high, then you should be able to enjoy the movie for what it is, but don’t expect the next cult hit.

Recommended, but only if you don’t have anything better to do.

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