The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast ★★★½

We eat when we're not hungry, drink when we're not thirsty. We buy what we don't need and throw away everything that's useful. Why sell a man what he wants? Sell him what he doesn't need.

Peter Weir's Mosquito Coast is an underrated film that tackles criticism of social constructs, capitalism and consumerist society. Based on Paul Schrader's remarkable screenplay, the film seems to gain inspiration from Werner Herzog's works more than once, but Weir manages to infuse it with a very personal sense of identity.

Harrison Ford's best performance to date is accompanied by an unsurprisingly remarkable turn by Helen Mirren as well as a convincing performance by River Phoenix. Captivating story, nice cinematography, a great screenplay and an interesting message turn this into a divisive film that is still worth watching for what it has to say about society.

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