109 minutes

The noble Prospera, exiled to a parched island from her dukedom in Milan because of the greed of her own brother, takes the opportunity of his passing by on a ship to exact her magical revenge on him. Interesting reimagining of Shakespeare's classic play that turns Prospero into a woman to intriguing but somewhat underwhelming effect; the abridging of the text hinders more than it helps, but the dazzling, outlandish visuals and strong performances maintain interest.

Icon Entertainment International presents a Miranda Films/Talkstory Productions/Artemis Films/Chartoff-Hendee Productions production, in association with Mumbai Mantra Media; in association with Prologue Films. (US distributor, Touchstone Pictures/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. World sales, Icon Entertainment International.)
Starring Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Reeve Carney, Tom Conti, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, Felicity Jones, Alfred Molina, David Strathairn, Ben Whishaw.
Directed by Julie Taymor; produced by Ms. Taymor, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Julia Taylor-Stanley, Jason K. Lau; screenplay by Ms. Taymor, adapted from the play by William Shakespeare, The Tempest; music by Elliot Goldenthal; director of photography (DeLuxe, widescreen), Stuart Dryburgh; production designer, Mark Friedberg; costume designer, Sandy Powell; film editor, Françoise Bonnot; visual effects supervisor, Kyle Cooper.
Screened: Venice Film Festival advance press screening, Palazzo del Cinema - Sala Darsena (Venice), September 11th 2010.


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