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About the Movie
Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young American backpacker, willing to risk his life for just one thing: the mind-blowing rush he can only get from braving the ultimate adventure. After hearing the improbable tale of a secret island - the perfect beach, unsullied by tourists - Richard sets off on a journey to find paradise on Earth. But Richard soon discovers that what seems like paradise can hide a deadly secret. Now desperate to escape, Richard explores the hidden perils and dark places that lurk just beyond the shores of paradise.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 116
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 94
- Average Rating: 4.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Structured for an audience more familiar with MTV's Road Rules than with Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Rotten: The Beach, designed to provoke audiences, stops for too many Hollywood moments to get the job done.
Rotten: Its narrative waters become rather muddy in the late going, and its currents finally don't run very deep.
Rotten: Tedious and unsatisfying.
You can't fool the Thais
Overall it's an entertaining movie. Good scenery, music, people. From a farang living in Thailand perspective it's pretty silly. There's plenty of clueless backpackers running around here looking for who knows what. I guess one of the overall messages which the movie reinforces is that no foreigner is going to pull one over on the Thais.
The film goes astray near the end. Some of the scenes are very graphic (shark bite, drug smugglers) and it really surprised me because that's not what I was expecting from the film. It becomes a confusing mess with Leo's character -- if my memory serves me correct, he's traumatized from the death of someone -- and the beach itself is scary, so why do these people think it's so special it's worth risking lives. Imagine The Village, but with hippies and not a period piece -- though it's really not. Overall, don't rent it. It's not what you'd expect.
THIS MOVIE IS FANTASTIC! DO NOT LISTEN TO THESE OTHER COMMENTS! WHY IS HATING DECAPRIO MOVIES BECOME COOL?