The Lighthouse is the story of an Australian asylum seeker and his miraculous escape from a Japanese prison camp. It was directed by John Hough and starred Bill Pullman and Geoffrey Rush. The movie follows the life of an innocent man who runs away from a Japanese prison camp in hopes of finding his family, only to find himself facing his own imprisonment.
Nandi (Bill Pullman) is a young Australian marine life scientist who is trying to get to Australia on a ship. As he leaves the harbor, the crew is attacked by pirates. While Nandi is picked up by the Japanese military, he has no idea what's going on at the time. The plot of the movie starts when a flotilla of large ships is headed towards Japanese waters.
As the movie progresses, it becomes clear that the true goal of the movie is for Nandi to return to Australia to deliver a coded message to his wife. Instead, he ends up in a Japanese prison camp. His wife, meanwhile, is allowed to be evacuated by plane, but not before Nandi and his crewmates are captured by the Japanese.
The film is very well done, particularly by the two acting teams. The cinematography by Aaron Chambers does an excellent job of showing the vastness of the ocean while at the same time showcasing some of the best scenes in The Lighthouse.
The soundtrack to the movie is very well done as well. It's not necessarily the greatest theme song, but it does it job very well. There are some really nice background themes for the movie as well, including snippets of "We All Stand Together" by Bob Dylan and "I'm Going to Be (500 Miles)" by Billy Joel.
If you enjoy the movie The Lighthouse, then I recommend checking out the movie A Portrait of Kevin. This is a sequel to the movie and stars the same cast (minus Pullman).
The movie is very similar to the first, but the ending is more bittersweet. There is also an additional cut with the feature I thought was the worst part of the movie, so if you can't wait for The Lighthouse to begin, you may want to check this one out as well.
A very important aspect of any movie is the acting. As such, The Lighthouse has some of the best acting of all time. Not only that, but The Lighthouse also had some of the best acting in recent memory, period.