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CRUSOE the latest interpretation of Robinson Crusoes adventures is more in keeping with Luis Bunuels earlier version and therefore the book itself but it suffers from deliberate pacing and a shallow uninspired viewpoint The twist here is that Crusoe is portrayed as a Virginian slave trader who journeys to the island of Guinea in the hope of purchasing low-priced captives Aidan Quinn plays Crusoe and is in fine acting form But his boyish features complete with baby blue eyes are a little distracting as is his thick East-coast accent Crusoe sets sail at an inopportune time of year weather-wise and it proves to be his undoing The ensuing spectacle of model-shop proportions pales in comparison to the storm-at-sea sequence near the beginning of INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE The shipwreck in CRUSOE could have used some of Indiana Jones adrenaline The film barely touches on Defoes theme of mans fear of and difficulty in dealing with solitude This Crusoe doesnt seem to mind being alone at all There are a couple of scenes in which we feel that this existence is not as idyllic as it may seem but these are few and far between The arrival of cannibals on the island provides Crusoe and two of the natives with an opportunity for social intercourse Updating the novel to 1808 the height of the North American slave trade was no coincidence as the resulting power plays between slave and master would reveal But on no occasion does Crusoe refer to either one as Friday As far as presenting a unique vision or a refreshing outlook Walon Greens literal screenplay rarely works overtime But theres enough on-screen to satisfy the most undemanding viewer and its buoyed along by a pleasing score written by Michael Kamen which combined with the lush tropical scenery creates the films principal mood The film is lovely to look at but it would have taken a
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