I really don’t understand why people keep making “Mysterious Island” into a movie. Yes, it’s a fantastic story by a brilliant writer, but it rarely makes for engaging cinema. And while I hate to jump to conclusions, I honestly feel that director Mark Sheppard’s 2010 adventure flick “Mysterious Island” will be no different. Maybe it’s because I have a hard time taking Lochlyn Munro seriously. No offense, but my initial reaction to any scene he’s in is to laugh. Seriously. The guy is walking comedy. I know that sounds terrible, and I’m sorry.
Anyway, on to the plot synopsis:
As famine and death ravage Richmond, Va., five northern Civil War POWs plan a daring escape by hijacking a hot air balloon. Drifting through the night, they wake to find themselves marooned on a desert island … but they’re not alone.
Littered with wreckage, the island is home to a cast of survivors who have been lost in space and time. Forced to defend themselves against vicious pirates, terrifying creatures and a volcano that’s ready to blow, they must find a way to survive. But will they make it before the island claims them all forever?
Civil War POWs in a hot air balloon. Classic stuff right there. In addition to Munro, you’ll also receive performances from Gina Holden, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Edrick Browne, Susie Abromeit, William Morgan Sheppard, Mark Sheppard, J.D. Evermore, and Caleb Michaelson. An adventure loaded with Civil War soldiers blows in your general direction on May 29th, 2012, courtesy of Green Apple Entertainment. What’s incredibly sad is that I’ll probably end up watching it.