Matthew Modine opens up about those brutal 'Cutthroat Island' reviews
It is a pirate picture, pure and simple, and doesn't transcend its genre except perhaps in the luxurious production. Leaner and meaner pirate movies have worked more or less as well, but this one gets the job done. The plot: The map to a fabulous buried pirate treasure has been split into three pieces by an old buccaneer, and divided among his three sons. Years pass, and one of the sons, now an aging privateer himself, passes his share of the map to his daughter, quite cleverly. Sure enough, she finds it tattooed on his skull.