Return to the Blue Lagoon is a pointless spinoff of the 1980 hit, which was itself a remake of a 1949 British pic. Leslie Stevens’ script [based on Henry DeVere Stacpoole’s novel The Garden of God] has the original’s leading characters found dead in a tiny boat along with their young son, who has survived the journey in fine shape.
But the tyke is soon put out to sea again to escape an outbreak of cholera on board the rescue ship and, along with straightlaced American Lisa Pelikan and her little daughter, washes up on the same tropical island his parents inhabited. Once the budding beauties hit adolescence and assume the bodies of international model Milla Jovovich and TV hunk Brian Krause, they are disturbed to find that ‘nothing’s the same’.
For propriety’s sake, they marry, then they splash about a lot as they begin what promises to be a very long honeymoon. Only conflict crops up in the form of a visiting ship, which provides all sorts of trouble.
Vet TV director William A. Graham is content to stick to pretty pictures rather than create a strong feeling for isolated life through the accretion of telling detail. Jovovich manages to project some good sense and resilience along with her cover girl beauty; the 15-year-old Soviet native makes a decent impression in her first bigscreen leading role. Krause looks like he’s straight off the Southern California beaches. Pic was lensed on Taveuni in the Fiji archipelago.