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Three (aka "Survival Island")

A wealthy businessman, his trophy wife and a crewman are marooned on an island after their boat sinks, leading to a deadly romantic triangle.

Genre - Action

Director(s) - Stewart Raffill

Writer(s) - Stewart Raffill

Cast - Billy Zane, Kelly Brook and Juan Pablo Di Pace

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge financier

Release Date - 2005

Synopsis - In this action thriller, Jack, a wealthy Texas businessman takes a trip with his trophy wife Jennifer to the South Seas. When the yacht sinks, crewman Manuel, the hired help, and Jennifer find their way to a deserted tropical island. Together they set up a little paradise and explore their sexual desires. It is not long until Jack washes up onto the same beach. Jealousies and conflicts escalate and these three people have to survive not only the elements but also each other, as tensions become deadly.

Off-beat Award:
Won the 2006 Golden Trailer award for Trashiest Trailer.

Release Data:
It bowed in U.S. and U.K. theatres in 2006. Appeared on DVD in Australia (2005) and a year later in Hungary, Finland, U.S. and Italy. It screened in Russian theatres in 2007. It also ran on Showtime pay cable in the U.S.

Critics' Kudos:
T.C. Candler, Independent Critics.com (who gave the movie 3.5 stars out of four): "Damn it, this is a great little movie!!! There I said it. I admit it. Yes, I know it is an excuse to showcase Kelly Brook's assets. Yes, I am a fan of Kelly Brook's assets. Yes, I can't help being a fan of Billy Zane.

"The fact is that a movie either works for you or it doesn't. 'Three' worked supremely well for me and I have to give it a very high grade for this kind of film. It is one part Cast Away, one part Blue Lagoon, one part Dead Calm, one part Swept Away, one part Battle Royale and one part Survivor.

"...The boat erupts into flame and forces the passengers to abandon ship. Kelly Brook is the first to emerge, in full Ursula Andress glory, onto the remote island beach. Not long after, Manuel appears just in time to build a shelter and provide fish and fresh water for the damsel in distress. Soon, the sexual tension is in full gear as the two stranded castaways bask in each other's physical splendor.

"The third member of the clan arrives a couple of days later, washed up on the coral. Surprise, surprise...it is the husband, Jack.
What follows is actually quite riveting. A jealous cockfight explodes as the two men proudly display their survival skills. Jack's jealously consumes him and he struggles to provide for his trophy wife. Manuel seems adept at surviving the harsh terrain but is desperate to tempt Jenny over to the Latin half of the beach. Jenny is caught in the middle...between her insanely jealous and arrogant husband and the kind, capable and mischievous cabin boy with abs of steel and buns to match. It is quite the romance novel.

"The set-up, the execution and the pay-off are all top-notch. I was thoroughly entertained and excited from credits to credits. It is easily the kind of film that will hold up in repeat viewings.

"I have seen Kelly Brook in a few films recently, House of 9, School for Seduction and Three, and this girl is surprisingly a very good actress. Most models fall flat on their faces as they turn to acting, ending up in poor movies and delivering lines so painfully that it is embarrassing to watch. However, Brook is charming, thoughtful and subtle. She is capable of enough range to become a seriously considered mainstream actress.

"Billy Zane is one of my favorite actors. His eccentricity and enthusiasm for his roles are fun to watch. I love it when he plays the bad guy. I think Zane is brilliant here as a man dwindling into a jealous insanity.

"Brook and Zane are fabulous in this film, [which] gave me everything I could have hoped for. I was thoroughly entertained. I got to see Brook flaunt that flawless body around in a bikini for 90 minutes...and out of the bikini for about 5 minutes. I saw a film whose tagline reads 'Three arrive. Only two survive,' which kept me guessing right to the end. And I had the rare opportunity to see a film surpass my expectations by leaps and bounds. I fully expected a dud. Instead, I got a guilty pleasure."

Matthew Turner, View London: "Enjoyably rubbish thriller that remains perversely entertaining. Surprisingly, Kelly Brook’s performance turns out to be the best thing in the film – she carries off an extremely decent American accent and comfortably out-acts both of her co-stars. The film also has a canny eye on the DVD market, since Kelly gets naked on frequent occasions."

Andrew Pulver, The Guardian (UK): "If watching Kelly Brook prance around in a bikini for an hour and a half is your idea of fun, then this film has been machine-tooled to separate you from your money.

"Brook, along with husband Billy Zane and smouldering Latin hunk Juan Pablo Di Pace, are washed up on a desert island, whereupon the two testosterone-heavy gents duke it out for Brook's skimpily-clad favours."

Filmstalker review: "Three is a film that stars the much-gossiped-about couple Billy Zane and Kelly Brook. Some of the plot is made quite interesting by outside influences, but there are some surprises. The first surprise is Brook - she can actually act and hold down a decent American accent. She does pretty damn well, especially against the big personality of Zane. She's looking more gorgeous than ever, and she's such a natural beauty. Zane is a lucky man. He's also a good actor and a lot of fun on screen.

"Zane undoubtedly gives us the best performance in the film. For the first half he goes about his business but you can just feel there's something bubbling underneath there. Then the second half comes and he totally changes, being driven mad by jealousy and voodoo; his character just flips and emotions being to run wild. Madness is one of the things Zane does best.

"Juan Pablo di Pace does well in this role. The conflict between the two males is well played and escalated. When all is said and done, it is a good film, with good performances all round, particularly from Zane and the surprising Brook. I had thought this was a cheap vehicle for their relationship, but actually they appear very natural onscreen and not at all hindered by their outside feelings when acting together. Oh, and the setting is gorgeous, as is Brook. I just wish that the beach sex scene wasn't all soft focus and lapping waves."

Filmstalker: "Three is a film that stars the much-gossiped-about couple Billy Zane and Kelly Brook. It's a simple tale of three people marooned on an island, two of them are married and have an obvious age difference both physically and mentally, and the third member is a hot blodded young stud who has an eye for the ladies. It's not hard to see where this story is going, although some of the plot is made quite interesting by outside influences, [and] there are some surprises.

"The first surprise is Brook - she can actually act and hold down a decent American accent. She does pretty damn well, especially against the big personality of Zane.

"She's looking more gorgeous than ever, and she's such a natural beauty. Some of her best moments are just looking off camera. Zane is a lucky man. He's also a good actor and a lot of fun on screen."

"Zane undoubtedly gives us the best performance in the film. For the first half he goes about his business, but you can just feel there's something bubbling underneath there. Then the second half comes and he totally changes, being driven mad by jealousy and voodoo, his character just flips and emotions being to run wild. This is one of the things Zane does best, madness. There's a moment when he looks like something out of Apocalypse Now, and he did play it very well.

"The conflict between the two males is well played and escalated, and you can feel the tension and recognise the steps that lift it up each time.

"It is a good film and good performances all round, particularly from Zane and the surprising Brook. They appear very natural onscreen and not at all hindered by their outside feelings when acting together.

Oh, and the setting is gorgeous, as is Brook."

Viewers' Ratings:
As of March 10, 2008, a survey of 1,728 Internet Movie Database users found that the demographic group liking Three the best was females under 18 (rating 8.8 out of 10). Non-U.S. viewers liked it more than Americans did.

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Directed by Stewart Raffill (Mac and Me, Ice Pirates, High Risk, Tammy and the T-Rex; three awards for The Philadelphia Experiment, A Month of Sundays and While You Were Waiting).

Written by Stewart Raffill (Passenger 57, High Risk, The Ice Pirates, The Adventures of the Wilderness Family, The Sea Gypsies).

Stars Billy Zane (Back to the Future, Zoolander, Tombstone, True Believer, Dead Calm, Memphis Belle, Orlando, Alien Agent; Blockbuster Entertainment Award best Supporting Actor for Titanic; 70 other films and TV projects); Kelly Brook (named 'sexiest woman in the world' by FHM magazine in 2005; The Italian Job, Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo, House of 9, Ripper, School for Seduction, Smallville) and Juan Pablo Di Pace (River City, Picadilly Jim).

Cast inlcudes Gabrielle Jourdan (Naked in London, Holding On); Todd Collins (debut); Victoria di Pace (debut); Gary Brockette (The Last Picture Show, The Philadelphia Experiment, Mac and Me, The Ice Pirates) and Isabelle Constantini (An American Werewolf in Paris).

Executive Producers: Diane Kirman (A Month of Sundays, Tammy and the T-Rex, The New Swiss Family Robinson) and Jimmy de Brabant (Girl With a Pearl Earring, Flawless, 8 1/2 Women, The Merchant of Venice, The Thief Lord, Rescue Dawn, Shadow of the Vampire).

Producers: Michael Dounayev (A Good Woman, Rescue Dawn, The Thief Lord, Delirious, The Payback, Fade to Black); Albert Martinez Martin (Flawless, Rottweiler) and Heinz Thym (The Shaft, Secret Society, Do Not Disturb, Save Angel Hope).

Associate Producer: Jeff Geoffray (Around the World in 80 Days, Shergar, Silver Wolf, Behind the Red Door and 24 other films).

Original Music by Richard Harvey (Half Moon Street, Luther, Death of a President, Animal Farm, Arabian Nights, Suriyothai, The Martian Chronicles; won BAFTA Best TV Music for GBH and won the Thai National Film Awards Best Music award for Keunbab Prompiram).

Cinematography by Tony Imi (Enemy Mine, Aimée & Jaguar, Shopping, The Slipper and the Rose, International Velvet, Brass Target, Wired; won Santa Monica Film Festival Best Cinematography Award for The Testimony of Taliesin Jones; nominated for a BAFTA award for The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and nominated for American Society of Cinematographers award for Best Cinematography in a Miniseries for Scarlett).

Film Editing by Nick Rotundo (Salt Water Moose, Cold Comfort, Men With Guns, The Sea Wolf, Cold Sweat; nominated for Best Sound Editing Genie Award for Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II).

Production Design by Jon Bunker (Croupier, Vertical Limit, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, Bellman and True; nominated for Saturn Award for Time Bandits and nominated for BAFTA Best Design award for The Woman in Black).

Art Direction by Keith Slote (Proof, The Muskateer, Stage Beauty, Minotaur, The Vice).

















Links:
Internet Movie Database entry for Three/Survival Island

A rave review for Three

Trailer for Windows Media Player at virginmedia.com

Czech-language trailer for Three (in Quicktime format)

Three more trailers

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