The Island of Dr. Moreau Dressed in a South Seas wardrobe of caftans and kimonos, Brando literally billows as the deranged Dr. Moreau, who oversees his island of half-human experiments… The Island of Dr. Moreau Dressed in a South Seas wardrobe of caftans and kimonos, Brando literally billows as the deranged Dr. Moreau, who oversees his island of half-human experiments… 1996-08-23 PG-13 Action/Adventure Horror Sci-fi and Fantasy Fairuza Balk Marlon Brando Val Kilmer David Thewlis Nelson De La Rosa Ron Perlman New Line Studios
Movie Review

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Aug 23, 1996; Rated: PG-13; Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Fairuza Balk, Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer and David Thewlis; Distributor: New Line Studios

Dressed in a South Seas wardrobe of caftans and kimonos, Brando literally billows as the deranged Dr. Moreau, who oversees his island of half-human experiments like some weird mother hen. Meanwhile, Kilmer, as Moreau's fellow mad scientist, appears devoted to outmugging the master. And he nearly succeeds when he does a Brando impression that is almost worth the price of a rental. Yet the rest of this remake is a study in cacophonous chaos. The closer those beasties come to taking over, the more deafening The Island of Dr. Moreau becomes — and the less sense it makes. Fans of Stan Winston's monster-makeup wizardry may want to rent this rip-off for some cheap thrills. Everyone else should stick with the 1933 original, Island of Lost Souls, a really creepy creep show.

Originally posted Jan 10, 1997 Published in issue #361 Jan 10, 1997 Order article reprints
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