The Beach (2000)

Beach, The (2000, USA) C-119m. SCOPE ** D: Danny Boyle. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet, Robert Carlyle. Thrill-seeking youngster (DiCaprio) goes to Thailand and hears of a mysterious, Paradise-like beach. He decides to travel there with a French couple and finds something beyond his expectations. Adventure drama is off to an energetic start and maintains interest until the final thirty minutes which are kind of odd and turn DiCaprio into a Col. Kurtz-like madman. Two thirds of a good movie, well-handled by director Boyle (unless you disagree with his off-beat touches). Based on Alex Garland's novel. Score by Angelo Badalamenti, photographed by Darius Khondji.


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