Lost in the Pacific (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Adventure
89 minutes /

User Score: 46/100

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Lost in the Pacific Review


A story centered around a group of elite passengers on board an inaugural luxury, transoceanic flight that turns into a disaster.

Lost in the Pacific (2016) is a Chinese science fiction thriller film that appeared to be a fantastic movie from the trailer that I have seen but was somewhat of a disappointment after viewing it. Director, producer and co-writer Vincent Zhou‘s (Last Flight (2014)) inexperience shines in this movie that had a great plot but was terribly executed in filming location Johor Baru, Johor, Malaysia. Vincent made his last movie, Last Flight on a $10 million budget and only garnered $5.9 million at the box offices. Last Flight and Lost in the Pacific have similar plot lines where a flight is under attack by mutant red-eyed cats and other creatures. I was just shaking my head in disbelief when I was informed that this director already made a movie similar to this one and failed. Why in the world will someone try the same tactic twice?

Lost in the Pacific is slightly different from Last Flight because there were a few enhancements added which was this story takes place in 2020 on a luxury aircraft during an inaugural flight. Almost all of the passengers on the plane are celebrities except for a few including journalist Mia (Mengjie Jiang - Kung Fu Hero (2012), A Dream in Red Mansions (2010), Joyful Reunion (2012)) who will be documenting everything for publication. Captain Ruoxin (Yuqi Zhang - CJ7 (2008), White Deer Plain (2011), All About Women (2008), The Mermaid (2016)) was forced to make an emergency landing after encountering a strange, powerful storm while crossing the Pacific Ocean. Guess where the captain landed, yes, on a secluded/deserted island in the Pacific with no help around. It is predictable what happened next which is the plane being attacked by mutant red-eyed cats and two paramilitaries leaving a few survivors while a few escaped the terror but are they fleeing from the terror or entering a different kind of terror?

The two paramilitaries, Nikki Lee (Bernice Liu - The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010), King of Triads (2010), The King of Fighters (2010), Perfect Wedding (2010)) and Vincent redirect the plane to a shady aircraft carrier after taking control of the plane. Vincent (Kaiwi Lyman - Circle (2015), Suite 101 (2016), Reel Evil (2012), Pearl (2012)) and Nikki does not reveal all that they know but is it a good idea? The captain receives ex-special force Mike (Brandon Routh - Superman Returns (2006), One Life to Live (1968), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)) and they will do just about anything to regain control of the aircraft.

Lost in the Pacific was a below average watch and receives a score of three from me because a few action scenes were entertaining enough to keep me from watching the clock but it does not justify the other parts of the movie being horrible. The film appeared to be thrown together foolishly without much editing, and the cheap CGI effects did not help. The dialogue was painstakingly hard to digest as it was awful as it can get. The movie contains an inconsistent plot line, incoherent script, common sets, horrible CGI, terrible dialogue, and decent actors who appear as though they just learned their lines minutes before filming. Actors Zhang YuQi and Brandon Routh struggled their best to make their weak script work, but even their good looks and average acting skills could not help this movie from receiving a better score than a 3.

About Lost in the Pacific 2016

Title: Lost in the Pacific
Year: 2016
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Adventure
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.3/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
Starring: Tazito Garcia, Russell Wong, Steven Dasz, Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau, Kaiwi Lyman, Vincent M. Ward, Debbie Goh, Yonglin Yu, Brandon Routh, Siyu Lu, Dominic Zhai, Gary Dean, Dominic Grey, Tim Parrish, Yuqi Zhang, Bernice Liu, Mengjie Jiang, Sunny Wang, Xiangyu Dai, Natasha Lloyd, Bobby Tonelli
Writers: Peter Cameron, Vincent Zhou
Director: Vincent Zhou