TV Show Reviews
Lagoon: The Awakening"
review by Suzanne
Premieres Saturday, June 16 on Lifetime
It's been a long time (1980) since the original "Blue
Lagoon" movie, starring Christopher Atkins and Brooke
Shields. It was kind of a silly movie about two kids who get
marooned on an island. In that movie, they are very young
and grow up together, until eventually puberty hits. It was
a very unusual movie for its time, in many ways.
This is not a remake so much as a similar type of movie.
These two kids are already teens in high school when they
get shipwrecked. She, Emma (Indiana Evans), is a
middle-class popular girl that gets along well with her
family and likes to be very organized and has everything
scheduled. He, Dean (Brenton Thwaites), is a rich loner who
has trouble getting along with his father. Denise Richards
plays Emma's mom. She looks a bit like Brooke Shields.
Christopher Atkins does have a small role as the kids'
teacher who supervises them on a class trip to some islands.
They are working for a Habitat for Humanity type of group,
building houses for the poor. Emma's friends convince her to
go to this party on a boat one night. Their whole class is
there. When the cops show up to stop the party, Emma falls
overboard. Nobody notices except for Dean, who dives in to
save her. They end up in a dinghy and get separated from the
ship. Eventually, they find the island.
When the high school class first goes to the island and
then the party, I couldn't help but think of poor Natalee
Holloway, going to Arruba with her friends! But that is a
very different story.
This is pretty much your typical TV movie. Nothing really
exciting or bad happens. It's kind of a love story and you
may not regret you passed the time of day watching it.
A sweeping tale of survival, adventure and forbidden
LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE BLUE LAGOON: THE AWAKENING, STARRING
DENISE RICHARDS, BRENTON THWAITES AND INDIANA EVANS, TO
PREMIERE JUNE 16
Film Based On the Classic Love Story Also Features
Appearance by Christopher Atkins
NEW YORK, NY (May 15, 2012) – Lifetime premieres the
Original Movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, starring Denise
Richards and up-and-coming actors, Brenton Thwaites (Home
and Away) and Indiana Evans (Home and Away) in the
provocative story of teens who fall in love while marooned
on a tropical island, Saturday, June 16 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The
two-hour film, a modern-day retelling of the classic coming
of age love story, also features an appearance by
Christopher Atkins (The Blue Lagoon).
In Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, overachieving high school
student Emma Robinson (Evans) and slacker Dean McMullen (Thwaites)
find themselves on the same class trip to Trinidad. Though
they have little in common, Emma and Dean attend a wild
party on a boat, and when Emma falls overboard during a
police raid, Dean jumps in to save her. The pair drifts in a
motorless dinghy until they end up stranded on a deserted
island. While their parents desperately search for them,
Emma and Dean are forced to rely on each other for survival,
and the more time they spend together the more they realize
their attraction to one another. Despite their differences,
they eventually create a bond between themselves. But as
days on the island become weeks and then months, Emma and
Dean wonder if they’ll ever be rescued or if their life on
the Blue Lagoon will last forever. Richards stars as Emma’s
devoted mother Barbara, who refuses to give up the search
for her missing daughter. Atkins, who starred in the 1980
romance/adventure movie The Blue Lagoon, portrays Mr.
Christiansen, a high school teacher who helps in the search
for Emma and Dean.
Blue Lagoon: The Awakening is distributed by Sony Pictures
Television. Judith Verno (Lifetime’s Untouchable: The Drew
Peterson Story), Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Lifetime’s Drop
Dead Diva) are executive producers. The script was written
by Matt Heller and Heather Rutman.
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