Lord of the Flies

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"No parents. No teachers. No rules... No mercy."
  • R
  • 1990
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.4  (32,520)
  • 49

In the 1990 film adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel, Lord of the Flies, director Harry Hook brings the story to life through the eyes of a group of young boys stranded on a deserted island. The film opens with a plane crash, which leaves a group of British schoolboys marooned on the island without any adult supervision. This dire situation sets the stage for the boys to establish order, survival, and their sanity in a context devoid of adult supervision.

The film's opening sequences largely rely on the talents of the child actors who portray the boys. Balthazar Getty stars as Ralph, the older boy elected as the group’s leader, while Chris Furrh takes on the role of Jack, Ralph's main rival. The two actors have excellent chemistry together, which creates both the tension and the excitement needed to keep the story moving forward.

From the very beginning, the boys assume different roles and personalities, each representing different archetypes that Golding explored in his novel. Ralph emerges as the voice of reason, focusing on practical issues like food, shelter, and survival. In contrast, Jack, a charismatic figure with a dark streak, shifts the group's focus to hunting and establishing order through fear.

While the group initially sets out to build a society on the island, much like the world from which they came, their efforts are quickly undone by the harsh realities of living in a primitive environment. The constant struggle to secure basic needs, sleep and facing wild animals, becomes ever-pressing, and the boys reach their breaking points. The primal human psyche within the boys rears its ugly head, and their society begins to break apart.

The film's cinematography is excellent, setting the island's lush tropical backdrop against the boys' unraveling psyches. Harry Hook uses music to great effect, both in the film's score and in the natural sounds found on the island, both of which enhance the subconscious and raw emotions confronted by the boys.

The film is also notable for the way in which it raises critical questions surrounding the nature of humanity. With the boys removed from the influence of society and culture, they exhibit a savage behavior that reflects the darkest aspects of humanity. As their social structures and civilized etiquette sway with the winds, the boys become increasingly brutal and aggressive as they are consumed by fear, hunger, and hostility.

One of the primary advantages of the film adaptation of Golding’s book is its ability to bring the storm of emotions and temptations of the boys to life in a way that a book cannot. The film captures the realization of the boys’ struggles and lack of discipline. The use of imagery and the hallucinations that engulf the boys’ psyche took the story to a new height of intensity.

Ultimately, Lord of the Flies is a captivating and harrowing story of the dark sides of humanity. The film's captivating performances, excellent score, and stunning cinematography make it an unforgettable experience. It's a must-watch for anyone who wants to confront the underlying psychologies of human behavior when removed from the constraints of society. Lord of the Flies remains a compelling and provocative film that is both a literary classic and a commentary on the essence of human nature.

Lord of the Flies is a 1990 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 49.

Lord of the Flies
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    6.4  (32,520)
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