STARRING: Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, Daniel Rigney, Temuera Morrison, Nelson De La Rosa, Mark Dacascos, Ron Perlman, Marco Hofschneider

1996, 96 Minutes, Directed by: John Frankenheimer

Description: Previously filmed in 1933 (as Island of Lost Souls) and 1977, the classic H.G. Wells story was filmed again for this 1996 version. Marlon Brando in the title role is a mad (and in this case outrageously bizarre) scientist whose experiments in crossbreeding humans with animals have gone terribly awry. Thewlis plays the wayward scholar who is rescued at sea by Kilmer and brought to Moreau's island to discover the doctor's unnatural "children." Fairuza Balk plays Moreau's half-cat daughter.

Gasp at Marlon Brando's extremely silly outfit and even sillier performance! Be amazed at Val Kilmer's sleepwalking-through-my-role acting!

Scream at the grotesque and often well done make-up special effects by Stan Winston! Be shocked at the film's obvious making-sure-you-got-the-point ending! Shriek at the muddled script! Count the plot-holes!

But seriously though, despite its innumerable short-comings, this third movie version of H.G. Wells' 1896 novel isn't quite as bad as some critics have made it out to be and as this viewer expected it to be.



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