Most helpful customer reviews
156 of 157 people found the following review helpful.
Please Make One More Final Pretender Movie To Tie Up All Loose Ends
By Conner Macleod
I was ecstatic when I found out that these two films would finally be released on DVD, not only because I am a big fan of 'The Pretender' and this would be my first opportunity to see them but also because I was hoping to see this wonderful series' multiple plot threads neatly woven together into a finished tapestry.
Unfortunately there was no such luck. 'The Pretender 2001' answers a few questions of where season 4 left off but leads to even more unanswered questions. It was a very entertaining film, much in the same vein as its episodic predecessors, so it is definitely worth watching for any 'Pretender' fan.
'The Pretender - The Island of the Haunted' is even more puzzling and complex than the preceding film, which is frustrating to no end since there is no real resolve. What began as an enigmatic series headed by the altruistic protagonist and the ambiguous hunters, namely Ms. Parker, Broots and Sidney, ends up in much the same way, with simply a few more pieces of the puzzles but far from having a complete picture of Jarod and Ms. Parker's legacies. The movie itself is well directed with an eerie yet appealing ambience on the island that's riddled with mysteries, and the story is clever, as usual. Nothing is left desired acting wise, the cast delivers great performances, especially by Jarod and Ms. Parker, who hint at something beyond mere mutual respect and an unspoken comradery.
All in all, this is well worth getting as it is a slightly better conclusion to the series than the season 4 finale cliffhanger, but nevertheless, I along with all the other fans of 'The Pretender' want answers to the questions that remain from the numerous arching storylines, such as who exactly is Jarod's mother, will he ever get to spend time with her and settle down, what became of Jarod's dad, who murdered Ms. Parker's mother and why, what is the fate of Ms. Parker's newly found half brother, besides Mr. Lyle, what will happen with Mr. Parker and Brigitte's newborn son from season 4, what will happen to the Triumvirate, The Centre, as well as the new questions from both these new, final films.
I implore the producers of this excellent series to please make an ultimate film that will once and for all answer the burning questions that have haunted not just Jarod and Ms. Parker but the fans as well for so many years. I sincerely plead to both the TNT and NBC channels that they produce a fitting end to 'The Pretender' saga. Not only would this be a sound business investment given the large fan base the world over who would buy the film, but also it would please everyone who's dying to know how this amazing journey ends. Thank you for your time and consideration.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Loved This Show...The Pretender Is Like A Superhero Comic Book Character
I loved watching this series when I was younger, so I revisited the series on DVD and had to get this telefilm compilation to complete my collection.
The Pretender was a fun and entertaining adventure series to me; he was like a comic book superhero...but without superpowers.
He's just a man who wants to help people in need and bring justice to the world. He's also a hero you can root for. He's a genius, part of a secretive agency who exploited and abused him; and as the show progresses, we delve deeper into the origins of The Centre.
The first movie, The Pretender 2001, felt like an extended episode with an exciting plot and character development.
The second movie, Island of The Haunted, moved in a different direction and has a sci-fi/supernatural atmosphere to it. I wish the network would have renewed the show so that we could see where the writers were going with that story arc.
Unfortunately, by the end of the movie, some questions are still left answered, but for a loyal fan of the series like myself, just enough is tied together so that I can be pleased with this "ending"... but I'll have to settle for using my imagination to think of what might happen next for Jarod and Miss Parker.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. See all 442 customer reviews...
Continuation of a compelling series
By Book and Music Lover
Many posts describe the story here. Definitely, this is not for the uninitiated; one needs to know all the background subplots. For those, this movie is much like the TV episodes, just a bit longer and somewhat more complex. It really is a shame the creators never got to bring the Pretender to a satisfying conclusion. It was a strong series. Clearly the cancellation caught the team off guard. Anyway, as with the episodes, here we have a good story, that matrixes with the subplots of The Center. Always, for every clue or answer, three more clues and many questions result. The final TV movie kind of brings many things together, and leaves enough crumbs so the fans can imagine on their own how everything we have learned fits into a broad tale. This TV movie is recommended for initiated fans, but a newby will be lost.