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THE MOSQUITO COAST The Mosquito Coast reunites Harrison Ford and Peter Weir after Witness for which they both received Academy Award nominations Fords performance may make him a dark horse for such a nomination in this long-anticipated film however Weir is unlikely to receive similar accolade Best box-office prospects for this clamorous Warner Bros release may be a few years down the road - whenever the country returns to a 60s-type anti-establishment period Right now word of mouth will be poisonous Based on Paul Therouxs well-regarded 1982 novel this film adaptation has brought to the screen some of the least appealing parts of the books lead character a brilliant but iconoclastic inventor He rages against the phoniness of American life neon fast food TV pollution crime and phony evangelism - in short all the old and usual suspects These may have been timely villains back when Jessica Mitford first wrote about planned obsolescence in the 1950s but now theyre just tired subjects And in Paul Schraders heavy-verbiage screenplay theyre just plain annoying On and on a Hawaiian-shirted Ford spouts the evils of double-digit inflation and plastic consumerism Hes so fanatic about it hes uprooted his family from their pastoral home home and lugged them off to a primitive jungle coast Hes filled with cockeyed romantic notions on building a jungle utopia for himself and his family In this decision as in all other decisions the family including his dutiful supportive wife Helen Mirren two sons River Phoenix Conrad Roberts and twin daughers Hilary Gordon Rebecca Gordon dont have any choice Despite his sometimes brilliant and idiosyncratic observations on society Fords a complete dolt with people For him the pulleys ropes and levers he ingeniously rigs up for his numerous inventions are the stuff of life He even talks of his machinery in anthropomorphic terms - the kidneys of the system etc Although Schrader has pitched his lead character with the
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