Movie Review: Temptation Island (2011)

It's really tempting to bash the remake of Joey Gosiengfiao's Temptation Island, but I took a step back and looked at the big picture.

Taken on its own, this remake by Chris Martinez (100, Here Comes The Bride) doesn't make much sense today and it probably won't appeal to the sensibilities of this decade. But more than a loyal remake, I came to realize that it's really a homage to an era of "so bad it's good" movies. This film can be likened to Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse (Planet Terror and Death Proof), but with a less serious tone.

The story, as I've mentioned, is very loyal to the source material-- four beauty pageant contestants and other characters find themselves stranded on a deserted island. And true to Gosiengfiao's vision, instead of struggling to survive, the castaways take the opportunity to hook up and bitch with one another. One must not take this film seriously once the beauties (Marian Rivera, Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, and Solenn Heusaff) reach the island. Things just get silly at that point.

Temptation Island's finest moments are the unintentional humor and its satirical nod to the vapid & sexy films of the 1980's. I feel it will be appreciated more when taken together with the Gosiengfiao's original.

Rating: 2.5/5

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