Uninhabited is a 2010 Australian horror film directed by Bill Bennett. The film premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and in Australia during the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival. It tells the story of a young couple vacationing at a deserted island, later discovering it has a disturbing history.
Spoiler Alert: If this was based on a true story the main characters deserved what they got. You shouldn’t be allowed to be this stupid and live. I know that’s harsh. But, too many smart people everyday thanks to stupid people. I have little tolerance for them. I also don’t get how this is based on true story if everyone dies at the end? How does anyone know what in the hell happened to make a story about it? If I cared enough about the movie, I’d look it up and found out. But, it’s just not worth it.
I wanted to like this movie, I really don’t start watching movies hoping they suck. From the moment I first saw Geraldine Hakewill as Beth, I was enchanted. I just thought she was so beautiful. At first I believed her character, she seemed to be really smart and I felt bad that she was dating such an idiot. I don’t know if it was the filmmakers intent to make her significant other such a douche? I am not saying he was a complete douche but he was definitely “douchey” and a complete idiot. Beth started out smart but then this so called biologist by the end of the movie completely ignores everything science has ever taught her.
The story is basically about a young couple on vacation. They’ve been dropped off on a beautiful tiny tropical looking island off the coast of Australia. They should have the island to themselves but soon discover they are not alone.
Right away after realizing that they are not alone, Beth has enough common sense to want to get off the island. However, her dumbass boyfriend Harry played by Henry James convinces her to stay. At first they think it’s kids messing with them. Little kids, based on the tiny footprints they found. However, they soon discover two grown men on the island, obviously bad guys and up to know good. Our douchey boyfriend decides to confront the bad guys. Even though they already know that the bad guys have guns. Even though as they approach they can plainly see at least one automatic rifle that looks a lot like an AK-47. Still, douchebag boyfriend is screaming at them, threatening them, why the bad guys didn’t shoot him in the damn head right then and there and then have their way with poor Beth is beyond me.
Not learning his lesson, douchebag decides to send Beth out to their boat and look for their missing sat phone while he thinks it will be a good idea to go through the bad guys stuff. It’s insanely stupid and at this point, they both deserve to die for being so stupid. Of course the bad guys don’t kill them but that’s only because they sadly don’t get the chance to end this film on a high note.
They have now become convinced it’s these two bad guys that have been messing with all this time. They are ignoring all the evidence that suggested it wasn’t them. Like the tiny footprint trail, like the creepy as kid sounds they keep hearing. It’s just one stupid event after another.
Uninhabited starts slow and never really picks up. It teases us with sexuality that never pays off, and by the time it actually turns into a ghost story, the outcome is pretty obvious and all sense of suspense or even caring for these two characters is long since lost.
This is a bad horror movie no matter how you look at it. I have found mixed reviews for this film. I can only assume the good reviews are those that are so infatuated with Geraldine Hakewill that they’ve lost all sense reality when it comes to the worthiness of this film to be watched.
Cast of Characters:
Geraldine Hakewill as Beth
Henry James as Harry
Tasia Zalar as Coral
Bob Baines as Jackson
Billy Milionis as Spiro
Terry Siourounis as Elias