"The Mosquito Coast" is one of the greatest films of the Eighties. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Paul Theroux. This story tells us about the mental decline and fall of idealistic inventor Allie Fox (Harrison Ford), who drags wife and family to the jungles of Central America in a doomed effort to bring ice to the natives. This is a fantastic film and director Peter Weir and writer Paul Schrader succeeded.
Allie spends much of his time lamenting the current state of America. He lives quite comfortably with his family and in his spare time, he just happens to invent things like the machine that can instantly make ice using fire as fuel. In addition, he earns some money by repairing things. However, one day he feels that he can’t live that way anymore and decides to move with his family to a place called the Mosquito Coast somewhere in South America. Allie seeks to find a place where he can work in peace and make the life of people better. Allie is a restless, egocentric, stormily contradictory character that we obviously don’t really like.
This film shows Ford from a new side. This is not a guy that you would like to meet in a real life and Ford brilliantly played this role. It's a testament to Ford's talent that we actually care what happens to him, because in a lesser actor's hands, we'd be hoping that some cannibalistic natives would eat him. Helen Mirren as Mother made us believe that she is spineless and compliant in indulging her husband's preposterous whims. At the same time, River Phoenix makes his mark as the Fox's oldest son torn between idolizing adoration for his father and repulsion towards Allie's thoughtless cruelty. However, the main star of this film is Harrison Ford. Helen Mirren's and River Phoenix, are mere jungle shadows in comparison with Harrison Ford who plays this crazy and perhaps genius man.
Allie and his family completely change the life of locals initially for the better (they build quite an impressive little town, complete with a gigantic ice-making machine), but eventually, Allie begins to relish the power a bit too much.
This work was filmed in Belize and contains lush tropic scenery and a haunting score by Maurice Jarre. Mosquito Coast is a brilliant film and it is really priceless because it shows the real talent of Harrison Ford as an actor. Director Peter Weir created something that is still watched and love by people over years after its opening night.
"The Mosquito Coast" is one of the greatest films of the Eighties. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Paul Theroux. This story tells us about the mental decline and fall of idealistic inventor Allie Fox (Harrison Ford), who drags wife and family to the jungles of Central America in a doomed effort to bring ice to the natives.