Five survivors stranded on a mysterious island with monsters and pirates. That's only a few of the ingredients in this mini series based on Jules Verne's Mysterious Island or maybe I should say inspired by as I'm not sure how true it is to the original tale. The best description is probably a cross between a good old treasure hunt and a Robinson Crusoe story.
We follow five people escaping from a confederate prison camp by air balloon. With no control over where the wind blows they find themselves stranded on an island. They are soon to discover there is more to the island than they first thought, inhabited by giant monsters they are in for a surprise, not to mention that it's also the refuge for Captain Nemo.
Even though it stars actors like Kyle MacLachlan, Gabrielle Anwar, Omar Gooding, Patrick Stewart and Vinnie Jones I'm not very impressed by it all. The story is ok and the actors also I guess, but when it all looks more like a cheap television series than something you'd expect with a cast like this it's a bit disappointing.
I think Vinnie Jones does a good job as a pirate and also Patrick Stewart as Captain Nemo is worth mentioning, but I'd bet Patrick Stewart would be more comfortable reciting his favourite Shakespeare than this.
Bonus features on the DVD includes interviews with the cast and that's pretty much it.
So to sum it up, Mysterious Island is in my opinion a below average mini series with a story that should have had the potential to be more than this.
Reviewed by Dag