Writer: Shane Dax Taylor, Chad Law (Screenplay)
Starring: Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Stephen Lang, Claudia Church, Chelsea Edmundson, Tricia Helfer
Plot: Inspired by the true events of a couple vacationing on a remote island in the Bahamas who are hunted by a group of modern-day pirates, after their identities and their lives.
Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Perfect Getaway Rip Off
Story: Isolation starts with a holidaying couple Max (Purcell) and Nina (Avgeropoulous) who get chased away by a local in William (Lang). We move onto follow another couple Creighton (Malby) and Lydia (Helfer) who are trying to put their marriage back together after his mistake, he takes her to a remote island to relax and enjoy.
Creighton and Lydia get welcomed by William and his wife Mary (Church) who invite them over for dinner, but during the dinner their apartment gets robbed and they find themselves with nothing, needing to search for help to survive.
Thoughts on Isolation
Characters – Creighton is the successful businessman that has made a terrible error in his marriage, he is trying to in his wife’s heart back and her trust, he takes on her the holiday on the remote, he is doing everything he can, he knows how much he messed up and will need to prove this in the fight to survive here. Lydia is the wife that has seen her marriage destroyed by her husband, she is willing to give him one more try though which is what we see her going through on the holiday. Max is one of the neighbours on the island, first chased off, but soon welcoming the couple with his partner Nina. William along with his wife Mary also live on the island and have chased people off before, but he welcomes Creighton and Lydia as he enjoys the life in paradise. We are left to guess which couple is the pirates here, which is interesting even if the outcome is more confusing.
Performances – The performances are mixed here because you have some big named talent which the film is advertised on, with Stephen Lang and Dominic Purcell, they are both fine in what is supporting roles. it is Luke Malby and Tricia Helfer that are the main leads and never get out of the blocks because while they have an interesting problem, they still are forced into silly decisions.
Story – The story here follows a couple trying to fix their marriage on a remote island, only to find themselves needing to fight to survive against pirates who want to steal their identities. The problems mount up early in this film, first the opening scene only confuses, the second comes from their only being 3 couples and one needs to be the pirates, much like ‘A Perfect Getaway’ this movie falls into the position of just trying to keep you guessing on one couple, only to pull the rug out, only this one doesn’t even give you the rug, it points directly at one couple then decides to go, nah, it’s the other one. there is way too much talk and bonding moments between the couple’s which doesn’t need to be here. The only interesting side of the story comes from Creighton and Lydia trying to fix their marriage, only this gets forgotten in the film too.
Action – The action is most chases and fights that are badly edited to make them feel like if you blink you might miss something big.
Settings – The film does use the settings to its advantage, by having it set on a remote island with no phone signal, creating the isolation needed.
Final Thoughts – This is a weak rip off, of A Perfect Getaway that did this story so much better, in a shocking way too, it has bland characters and story that doesn’t seem to go anywhere.
Overall: Disappointing, dull and boring.