The statuesque beauty of
Jessica Alba (Star of Dark Angel) is hypnotic and some of the scenes from this
film will have a man salivating all over the remote …ahem. Yes this film is
about love and passion and all things righteous in the laws of love. The
message is clear, only marry the one person you love the most. I think I have
seen this done before and probably you may have seen it too, but these moral
reiterations have not been done before quite as well as this. It is set in
the jungle of Era Sarawak in Malaysia and Truscott is in for the ride that
will change his life forever.
Truscott (Hugh Dancy star
of David Copperfield) a British Diplomat is sent to Malaysia to educate the
natives to become more civilised. Whilst staying in the village he is offered
a woman Selima (Jessica) to serve him an education in the local tribal
language as well as the international language of love. At first Truscott is
hesitant about this arrangement but eventually he agrees. When the pair fall
hopelessly in love it sends the village into a spin. Truscott becomes
involved in something foolish where he lets emotion override logic and its
either he marries the colonists daughter or be sentenced to jail. This is
about as far as I'll go so as to not spoil what happens.
The performances all round
were excellent, Bob Hoskins and Jessica Alba were brilliant. Jessica’s accent
was done particularly well and did not seem put on to any extent. The only
performance that was a little shady but probably intentional due to his evil
character Noah Taylor remained colloquially Australian in his role as the evil
easily corruptible colonist.
The romantic scenes were
both as educational as they were passionate. It is due to this educational
element that will make the audience assess their own lives and make them think
about how their lives should be. And that is to be with the one that you love
the most and are most happy with. Women will slowly learn that when marrying
a man who does not love them and an attempt to change their partner will
eventually end in disaster. There is no way that a man's heart can be swayed
from their one true love, and believing otherwise will spell emotional suicide
to both parties.
Anyway I am digressing
from the point that this film is done exceptionally well in a number of ways.
The romance is not corny but inspiring and the cast being predominantly
Australian will please most Aussie patriots.
The sound and picture are
crystal clear with an animated main menu to please weary eyes. The Dolby
surround set up is implemented well and has the sound of the jungle
surrounding the viewer, giving a feeling of being there.
Overall the film is an
entertaining package and the dialogue is crafted well and will never be cringe
worthy. Anyone who enjoys romantic films will love this.