Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Robert Carradine, Nicholas Bell, Brian Wimmer, Stacy Haiduk, Rawiri Paratene
Director: George Miller
Release Date: 14 July 2005
Length: 90 minutes
Movie Rating: R
View Format: TV
My Rating: 1.5/5 stars
“In this made-for-cable sci-fi thriller, trespassing college students on a scavenger hunt at a remote island zoo accidentally knock out the power, allowing a genetically engineered saber-toothed tiger to escape. Naturally, a battle between man and prehistoric beast ensues as the mutant feline runs amok, leaving a trail of corpses in its wake. The cast includes Robert Carradine, Nicholas Bell, Natalie Avital and Stacy Haiduk.” — Netflix.com
This was a pretty poor imitation of Jurassic Park. They did not bring anything new to the table and pretty much copied everything from the far superior dinosaur adventure flick. The sabretooth was decently animated, but is only in a few sequences of the movie so they could save money on the budget. The acting is just okay from the older actors, pretty poor from the younger actors. I will say that the best thing about this movie is that all of the bad guys die horrible, gory deaths and so at least I was happy about that! Also, for once, they try to explain why an animal keeps killing. The head game hunter explains that the sabretooth eats only once a day, but enjoys killing so much that it will regurgitate its food so that it can kill and eat again. It enjoys eating, but it enjoys killing more. I doubt if this is true, but at least it makes sense!
Okay, the most important thing that you can learn from this movie and from the Jurassic Park movies is to not rely on technology to patrol your park. Electric fences are not good enough – you need to make sure that you have good, old-fashioned locks and other safeguards to keep the animals in their cages. You need to make sure that you don’t hire stupid people and that you don’t allow anyone to sneak in and turn off the power while you aren’t paying attention. I mean, seriously. That is the best that you can come up with? I was hoping that all of those college students would die for being so stupid. Unfortunately, some of them lived. This is definitely not fair, in my opinion. Anyone who is dumb enough to turn off all the security features at a park they are not familiar with deserves what they get. Don’t trespass, don’t steal, don’t break into places where you don’t belong and you have a better chance at survival. I’m just sayin’ here!
The special effects on the animal were decent, but I thought that Primeval‘s storyline featuring the sabretooth was way more interesting and well animated. Jurassic Park was, of course, superior to this smaller-budget film so if you are looking for a well done movie, watch Jurassic Park and skip this one.
This movie contains a lot of dead bodies, corpses missing pieces, lots of blood and rampaging, bloodthirsty animals. Recommended for ages 16 and up on TV where language is edited, ages 18 and up on DVD.