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This 2006 video documentary about an extreme reality show going down the tubes may be darkly entertaining, but like the subject it's so staged-managed it borders on fiction. Kevin Blatt, purveyor of the Paris Hilton sex video, fronts $100,000 to sitcom writers Dave Roberts and Gil Ripley for their “throwaway” idea, a pilot for a reality show in which six buff competitors will be shuttled to a Caribbean island and deliberately starved until someone becomes lunch. Union problems and a suspicious illness close down the production before any contestant gets close to making good on the title, though codirectors Perry Grebin and Michael Nigro have already made their point several times over: the real savages aren't the celebrity-hungry contestants but the producers and crew. 91 min.

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