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FOR RELEASE: AT WILL DATED: 4/28/2021
SERIES REVIEW by Richard Roeper
“THE MOSQUITO COAST” Two stars
A seven-part sequence premiering a brand new episode every Friday on AppleTV+.
Like “Breaking Dangerous” and “Ozark,” the Apple TV+ restricted sequence “The Mosquito Coast” is about an American household of 4 — husband, spouse, daughter, son — who’re thrust into a lifetime of fixed hazard because of the patriarch’s egocentric and prison actions, which he all the time justifies by saying he is doing it for the nice of his family members.
“Breaking Dangerous” and “Ozark” are among the many best possible sequence of the twenty first century. “The Mosquito Coast” shouldn’t be.
We by no means even get near the Mosquito Coast area in “The Mosquito Coast,” and if there is a Season 2 that goes there, you possibly can rely me out. That is the second adaptation of the 1981 novel of the identical title by Paul Theroux (the primary was the underrated Peter Weir characteristic movie from 1986 starring Harrison Ford in one in all his most interesting performances), and it strays so removed from the supply materials it is a surprise they even saved the title. Maybe it is as a result of the star and producer of this wildly uneven, persistently implausible and irritatingly inconsistent model is the undeniably gifted Justin Theroux, nephew of the writer.
“The Mosquito Coast” kicks off in Stockton, California, the place the mercurial and eccentric would-be inventor Allie (Theroux) resides off the grid together with his household, together with his exceedingly and at instances inexplicably loyal spouse, Margot (Melissa George), and their youngsters, Dina (Logan Polish) and Charlie (Gabriel Bateman). Younger Charlie continues to be at that age the place he worships his father and hangs on Dad’s each phrase about how the company institution and the federal government are evil entities bent on controlling their lives, whereas 15-year-old Dina has entered a rebellious stage the place she resents being home-schooled and never being allowed to have a cellphone. And he or she’s uninterested in her mother and father’ cryptic references to the previous and no matter it’s Allie did that has them all the time wanting over their shoulders, ready for the day when the authorities monitor them down.
When that day arrives, Allie unexpectedly arranges for an escape to Mexico, and the subsequent factor you understand the household is getting combined up in all kinds of harmful escapades involving a robust drug cartel, a coyote named Chuy (Scotty Tovar) who agrees to sneak them throughout the border, two NSA brokers (Kimberly Elise and James LeGros) consumed with monitoring them down, and varied assassins and thugs and crime kingpins who need Allie useless. It is … ludicrous. Again and again, the children demand to know WHY they’ve needed to spend their complete lives on the run, and inevitably there’s some soap-opera-level interruption to maintain the suspense, reminiscent of it’s, going.
This can be a handsome present with the gifted solid doing every thing they will to promote the fabric, however it’s a significant downside when the lead character is such an unbearable, egocentric, reckless hypocrite who’s endlessly spouting his hippie-B.S. philosophy whilst he hardly blinks when he leaves a path of blood in his wake and continues to hazard his household. When daughter Dina lastly explodes and says, “Are you aware how deranged you sound? Individuals are useless, Dad. Precise individuals are really useless,” all we are able to say is: Amen, Dina.
(EDITORS: For editorial questions, contact Sue Roush, sroush(at)amuniversal.com.)
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