The Beach
2000
**½
Director: Danny Boyle
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet

A good-looking but shapeless, pointless and ultimately gutless film about a group of backpackers who discover a tropical paradise and its exclusive commune. The premise has potential for several thought-provoking stories, but this obvious drama aims at the lowest common denominator and puts together a group of uninteresting characters in a beautiful location. Based on Alex Garland’s novel.