Terminal Island (1973) 2160p

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Action | Drama
Frame Rate:
23.976 fps
English 5.1  
Run Time:
88 min
IMDB Rating:
5.2 / 10 
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Directors: Stephanie Rothman [Director] ,

Movie Description:
In the wake of a Supreme Court decision to outlaw the death penalty, California passes an initiative that designates San Bruno island as a dumping spot for first-degree murder convicts, free to do what they like except leave. The main camp of convicts is controlled by the tyrannical Bobby, who rules with an iron hand, and the women are used as sex slaves. A.J. and a group of more free-minded murderers have escaped and gone into hiding. When A.J. and his men liberate the women from Bobby's custody, tensions mount to an all-out confrontation for control of the island. —Ed Sutton


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First meeting of Magnum & T.C

This style of Penal Colony movie was very popular in the 70's. The only high point is Tom Selleck and Roger Mosley starring in the same movie, 7 years later they would team up for almost a decade on Magnum P. I, one of the most popular detective shows in the early 80's.

This was somewhat of an acquired taste...

Right, well "Terminal Island" is a movie that is two years older than I am. But of course something like that is not going to keep me from watching a movie. And as I had the opportunity to sit down and watch "Terminal Island" here in 2021, of course I did so.

The concept idea here, as written by James Barnett, Charles S. Swartz and Stephanie Rothman was certainly interesting. However, the transition to the screen made for a lukewarm movie experience. Yeah, the movie was watchable, sure, but this was hardly a hidden cinematic gem that I had been missing out on.

The movie does have signs of being 48 years old, sure, but there are still aspects of "Terminal Island" that are applicable today, and things that does leave you with something to ponder about.

However, from an entertainment viewpoint, then "Terminal Island" just fell short of providing me with a proper movie experience. I just had a difficult time submerging myself into the movie, despite it having a good concept.

The movie did have an okay cast ensemble, I will say that much, with the likes of Tom Selleck and Roger E. Mosley starring here.

My rating of director Stephanie Rothman's 1973 movie lands on a less than mediocre four out of ten stars.

Terminal Boredom

It didn't help that I wound up watching the censored version of this film as, honestly, nudity is about the only thing that could have brought any life to this lame mess. So if a woman gets pregnant on Terminal Island, the innocent child gets punished by default? And clearly the punishment factor for women on such a place would be much harsher than it would be for a man, but why bring up logical questions? Because, when you set up a premise ripe for exploitation that doesn't even come close to delivering the shlock it should, you start to nitpick at how dumb and unrealistic the whole concept is. The level of dehumanization, abuse, torture, and general nastiness that one would expect from such a set-up is barely addressed in this flop and, instead, you kind of get this let's-build-our-own-society / romance shtick that is boring as hell and doesn't work. I've seen worse, but this movie basically blows.

The one funny part was where they build the typical Rambo-style spring trap where the sharpened stakes are tied to a small tree and impale the guy who trips it, the major flaw being the tree used as the spring is about one inch in diameter and wouldn't even have enough force to drive a thumb tack, let alone a wooden spike. It's almost symbolic of the movie itself: lame and weak.
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