"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see."
¿Is there a fine line between genius and madness?
Peter Weir toys with this question in "The Mosquito Coast", a tightly crafted character study that places the lens on Ford's Allie Fox, an inventor driven by intense ideals who drags his hubris and relatives to Belize, and whose god complex disrupts his utopia and drives his family to the brink of collapse.
Both River and Helen's characters end up a little undercooked, but Ford's dynamic lead performance, Schrader's usual writing flashed with sharp cynicism, and Weir's adept direction manage to overcome some of the shortcomings.
It may not be as socially challenging as "Fight Club" or as monumental as "Fitzcarraldo", but "The Mosquito Coast" still packs enough power to be a thought-provoking and overall strong film.