Near a lush tropical island, a small plane carrying young military school cadets crashes into the ocean. In a stunning prolog, we see the cadets fall helplessly into the waves while the camera shoots them treading water, from below. But after its arresting, almost surreal opening
sequence, this unnecessary remake of William Golding's much-read allegory becomes an exercise in futility.
Making their way to a tropical Garden of Eden (with one seriously wounded grown-up), the children are left to fend for themselves without a social structure. Civilization quickly starts to unravel. Although Ralph (Balthazar Getty), a born leader, establishes rules and encourages co...