Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1998. Caravan Pictures, Northern Lights Entertainment, Roger Birnbaum Productions, Touchstone Pictures. Screenplay by Michael Browning. Cinematography by Michael Chapman. Produced by Roger Birnbaum, Wallis Nicita, Ivan Reitman. Music by Randy Edelman. Production Design by J. Michael Riva. Costume Design by Gloria Gresham. Film Editing by Wendy Greene Bricmont, Sheldon Kahn.
Harrison Ford is once again the reluctant hero with a crooked smirk, this time an inter-island pilot in the South Pacific who finds himself planewrecked on a deserted island with a mouthy New York magazine writer (Anne Heche). Normally, Ford has no problem travelling through his movies giving this performance, but in the case of this script the characters are drawn so thin he can’t help but let his lack of depth show, and painfully so. Heche, on the other hand, is so brilliant she can take shades of a character and turn them into a very likeable and funny woman. The romance is pushed and cliched, but the scenery is gorgeous and Randy Edelman’s score is fantastic (even if it is geographically incorrect, considering he composed calypso music for a Polynesian setting). Allison Janney is hysterical in a small bit as Heche’s pushy editor.