i watched this last night. i had almost gone to see it in the theater because it looked interesting and i liked the actors. instead, i picked up the book. the idea was interesting, but the book didn't grab me. 1/2 way through, i put down the book and watched the movie on netflix. it was equally disappointing.
i got the point. lord of the flies, human condition, etc. what i don't get is why they wasted the money on this particular story line.
also, it was filmed in Brazil and by a Canadian film crew. much of the cast was mixed race and language. that would have worked well for a film set in the future or some mythical country, but i found myself distracted by the mixed terminology, languages, and landscape.
anyway....i know this movie has come and gone, but if you wait for things to come out on DVD, wait until you run out of things to watch before you rent/order this one!