1980’s “Prisoner of Paradise” is a castaway movie that eventually evolves into what many call the “Naziploitation” genre. It’s an uncomfortable mix of tonal speeds, but directors Bob Chinn and Gail Palmer don’t have much to work with here, scrambling to find ways to pad a picture that’s far too aimless to score major reactions. A WWII story told with a limited budget, “Prisoner of Paradise” endeavors to explore survival challenges, approach the topic of grief, and stage numerous “torture” sequences where nude Nazis forcibly seduce their prisoners in the middle of nowhere. If it reads like a good time, it really should’ve been, but the production invests in extensive island wandering before it ends up anywhere of interest, trying to pass itself off as reflective cinema when it should be focusing exclusively on salacious encounters.
Date: June 24, 2020