Cinema: Harrison's Heart of Darkness the Mosquito Coast

Directed by Peter Weir; Screenplay by Paul Schrader

In real life Allie Fox's decision to leave the U.S., whose corruption and commercialism he noisily denounces every hour on the hour, would be greeted by sighs of relief by all who know him. Heading for Central America, are you, Allie? Upriver, you say? In the jungle? Well, good luck to you, boy. Send us a postcard if you get a chance.

Unfortunately, The Mosquito Coast (based on Paul Theroux's 1982 novel) is not a postcard. It is a movie, recording in painful detail the self-righteous Allie's trek toward a predictable tragedy, herding his long-suffering family before him as he goes....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!