This film was not received very well upon its initial theatrical release, but I urge people to see it again, particularly the Directors Cut version, and take into account just what its message really is, it is quite powerful. It was the opionion of many of the mainstream critics that the actors in this film did not work so well with the material, I disagree. David Thewlis is very good as Edward Douglas, a man who after being stranded at sea for a while is unlucky enough to be picked up by Montgomery, played by Val Kilmer in another one of his memorably eccentric roles, and a crew of sea traders. Marlon Brando plays Dr. Moreau, in what is probably one of the most unique depictions of the character to date, he spends the majority of the film covered in white make-up allegedly to keep the sun from his skin. Stan Winston's creatures are great, and the actors in costume add a lot of their own personality to the mix. The message of the film is simply that man is more savage then any other animal on earth, and by creating animals infused with human DNA, we are corrupting something pure and ensuring instability. The film's last half is an exciting blend of action, violence and dark humor, which is almost a must in a film such as this. Does the movie become somewhat over the top? yes it does, but it merely does so in order to indicate the insanity of which the entire island succumbs to.