I made darn sure to read the novel first, before pursuing the filmitself. A real Benchley fan, I was curious about this film, as "Jaws"and "The Deep" had both left great impressions on film, as as thenovels were packed with constant suspense. Well, I ended up reading thenovel "The Island" only knowing one thing about it: Pirates. The bookitself is a real piece of literature. This may be a single opinion bymyself, but I was in utter shock, and at the edge of my nerves whiledigesting a novel filled with compelling action and suspense. It was mysmart decision to first read the book, that ultimately set me with acertain understanding, which could have been a real misunderstandingotherwise.<br><br>The story has a man, Blair Maynard (Michael Caine), who, upon workingfor a magazine, eyes a news story about mysterious disappearances in aparticular area off the coast of Florida. Against the wishes of hisemployer, Blair finds a way to put the story to good use, and decidesto investigate the nearby locations surrounding the events. He does,however, have one problem: He has custody of his son for the timebeing. Swamped with this incredible story, Blair has no choice but totake his son along the expedition. Maynard also uses this trip as"bonding time" with his son. After numerous events (most of which areunseen in the film) lead them to a small resort island, a fishing tripon the side turns into a nightmare beyond words as Blair and his sonare taken hostage, and held captive by a community of rough, grittypirates. Blair is then used as a tool for petty survival tactics, whilehis son is brainwashed by the menacing beasts.<br><br>The book is, as I said, very hard to digest, as Benchley endures uswith sordid, if not explicit details. A lot of people claim to despisethe film, with various reasons counting. Some say it suffers from alack in character development, or a rushed plot, or anything else thathas been stated. Truth, a lot of complaints are made with good reason.The film is seemingly rushed, as most moments concerning the expositionof the story are missing in the film. Benchley wrote the script, so Ifind it hard to believe that a finalized print as it was, could be theresult of his script. Either the film ran much longer, and was cutdrastically by imposition of the studio, OR, Benchley kept straight tothe book, without explaining certain elements that should have beenlooked over. In the full picture of things, this film is both loathedand adored. I personally had no problem with it. Seeing as I read thebook prior to watching the film, I can attest to the fact that it does,in fact, go directly by the book, except for some segment thatobviously didn't work.This film also marks the rumor that Caine walkedon the set, and snubbed a check. Knowing the character development, andspecific thoughts on marked incidents, I could read into the reality,and depth to which all the characters are representing. I guess what Iam saying, is that if we all read the book, then watched the film, itwould certainly be more acceptable and entertaining a film. For all Iknow, the film could actually be seen much friendlier if edited theright way. There could easily be a totally different film sitting in avault somewhere such as Richard Donners version of "Superman II". Idoubt we will ever know about it, or if that is even an accuratespeculation. Even so, the film is interesting enough, if just a littlerushed in the opening. It eventually slows it's pace, and makes for agood action film. My final stand is that it deserves at least a goodwatch. You might like it.