A Less Than Inspiring Script Fails To Actuate Viewer Interest.
After its sound technician is slain in a foreign location, a television news reporting duo, comprised of a man and woman, in addition to their sound man's replacement, decide to enroll in a course for survivalists upon aptly named Survival Island, situated in northern Canada where a training camp is being operated by a pair of former United States Marine sergeants. The decision by the newscasters to attend the facility is clinched following the theft, by Middle Eastern types, of four U.S. nuclear missile warheads from a Florida facility, the thieves then adding threats to use the weapons against Western nations. Set in the near future, most of the essentially witless screenplay's action occurs at the camp, where the media representatives find themselves trapped with only the two ex-Marines as companions and it presently becomes obvious that one of the latter is more than slightly unstable, while the comely female broadcaster (Paris Jefferson) generates for good measure sexual tension amid the men. As must be expected, not each of the featured five characters will last out the survivalist experience, and secrets are uncovered in an adventure melodrama that can only reach a natural resolution through force of arms, appropriate for its genre. Unfortunately, overlong climactic sequences are thoroughly unrealistic, and risible to boot, as plot logic and continuity are sent packing. The film is heavily cut, a particular misfortune since an attempt at character development is one casualty, although none of the players is a standout, the posing Jefferson being specially monochromatic; Colleen Passard does, however, provide a fine satiric bit as a news reader. The excised footage could not compensate for the general below standard elements of the script, direction, and production values, with primarily only some sturdy efforts from the crew being meritable.
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