Published on June 30th, 2009 | by Chris0
No Man is an Island (1962)
Anyone who thinks the Hollywood "Formula" picture is a new or recent creation is fooling themselves. No Man is an Island is a direct ancestor of todays average fare, and unfortunately it just ain't that good.
As the Japanese rout the Allies from the South Pacific in the early days of WWII, George Tweed (Geoffrey Hunter) managed to escape the invading Empire on Guam, and was able to hide out until the Allies eventually returned.
What could have been a harrowing tale of survival ends up being, well, just meh. From the greatly exaggerated stereotypes of the natives and the Japanese, to the incredibly forced love story between Tweed and one of the natives.... There isn't much to do but sit back and roll your eyes waiting for something really interesting to happen.
The actual invasion scenes aren't very well executed. His initial escapees are all eliminated save for George, but not very compellingly... I don't think I'll go on.
You might give No Man is an Island a go if you've got nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon... but frankly I dont' think I'd do it again.
Summary: You might give No Man is an Island a go if you've got nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon... but frankly I dont' think I'd do it again.