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Published February 6th 2017
Return to the romance
Return to the Blue Lagoon, is the sequel to the 1980 hit The Blue Lagoon and if you can look past its terrible continuity issues with the first instalment, it is a wonderful, romantic adventure film, perfect for your next date night.
Directed by the late, great William A. Graham (21 Hours in Munich & The X-Files) and written by the equally late and great Leslie Stevens (The Outer Limits & Mr. Kingston), who loosely based the screenplay on the original Blue Lagoon series of books, written by the late Henry De Vere Stacpoole (The Blue Lagoon & Beach of Dreams), the film starts out where the previous instalment finished off, but this time two of the key characters from the first film are dead, whereas at the end of the last film, they were very much alive...
The baby from the first film, played by Garette Ratliff Henson (Casper & The Mighty Ducks), is adopted by a widow, named Sarah, played by Lisa Pelikan (10,000 Days & Rake) and ironically names him Richard, which unbeknownst to her, was the name of his father and raises him alongside her daughter Lilli, played by Courtney Barilla (The Dreamer of Oz & Maverick).
Things go from bad to worse, for the little family, as the crew of the ship they are travelling on are struck down by cholera and they must escape, before it is too late and find themselves trapped in a lifeboat with a madman and Sarah finds herself fighting for the lives of her two children.
Soon they arrive on the island we all know and love from the first film and end up living in the very house that little Richard was raised in. However it looks very different, as this film never quite achieved the budget and locations of its predecessor, as this sequel was filmed in various locations around Australia and Taveuni, Fiji.
Unlike the first film, in this instalment, the children have an adult around to teach them about the bible and the facts of life and when the children grow into adults and go it alone, they are more prepared than the two main characters in the first film.
They grow up so fast
Just as the children, who are now played by Brian Krause (Charmed & Sleepwalkers) and Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element & Resident Evil), are starting to blossom into adulthood and are very much in love, a ship arrives with a boatload of rowdy crewmen and the overly provocative captain's daughter, played by Nana Coburn who (Home and Away & Body Surfer) has her wicked intentions set upon Richard. This sends poor Lilli into a world of jealousy she doesn't know how to deal with and eventually when the new visitors to the island take their lustful and godless ways too far, it sends Richard into the fight of his life against one of the crewmen and whoever loses will be killed by a man-eating shark!
Return to the Blue Lagoon is almost as sexy and lusty as the first film in this series, but with more of an emphasis on the values of Christianity, which makes for a unique story, with a very memorable musical score, composed by the late, great Basil Poledouris (RoboCop & Starship Troopers).
Return to the Blue Lagoon is rated PG, as it contains Adult Themes