(Mila Kunis, Gregory Smith, et al / DVD / NR / (2007) 2009 / MGM)
Overview: A group of troubled teens, including Sophie Bauer (Mila Kunis), are abducted and brought to the Camp Serenity rehab program on Fiji. The young men and women soon find themselves at the mercy of the camp’s deranged administrators, who subject them to solitary confinement and psychological torture of every kind.
DVD Verdict: Mila plays a troubled young lady who is sent to an island work camp by her parents. The isolated layout of this camp in Fiji could make for a beautiful filming location, but it really only gets used once or twice (coral, white sand beaches, etc.). Peter Stormare (I always remember him the most as Satan in Constantine) fills the role as the camp creator and leader of this paramilitary counseling group. The idiot boyfriend who finds a way to get himself committed to the same camp (yeah right) is played by Gregory Smith (he has a much better role in Closing the Ring).
As more unlikely events occur and an intermittent writing mess unfolds in virtually every scene, the movie strives to falter. Mila tried very hard here, and I have to give her props for taking a somewhat different role. There are plenty of important themes attempted here, including the topics of physical abuses and illegal activities that occur at these camps, but the short paragraph statement in the credits is all we are given as an extra. No supplements. The sound was average as was the picture quality. Regarding the unrated quip, everything that could give it an R happens off camera or is edited out (Mila's shower scenes and abuses towards one female character).
Almost feels like a made for TV movie, but even then so much is not explained or elaborated on, that it misses the mark on being an informative film. It becomes more of a brief passion piece film about these camps. [SK] This is a Widescreen presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.