Film #27: LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY of Richard Stanley's ISLAND OF Dr. MOREAU
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s ISLAND OF DR MOREAU
4 out of 5 stars
A fascinating documentary on Hollywood and filmmaking using Richard Stanley’s doomed DR MOREAU project as an example. While there is a TON of blame for the production’s failing, the documentary is careful to not lay too much of the stuff at any one person’s feet. Was it Stanley’s own unpreparedness to blame? Did Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando both seek to sabotage the film? Did the studio plan to take the project away from Stanley the entire time? Well, the easy answer to all of those questions is: “Yes!” What’s sad is to watch Stanley’s original (and quite brilliant) script get parsed out and minimized into the fiasco that ultimately resulted in happening. Truly a cautionary tale for anyone wishing to work in Hollywood, LOST SOULS shows how duplicitous people can be when the only thing on their mind is their respective paychecks. Very well-made and intriguingly told, LOST SOULS is a terrific flick.