Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Jamie Elle Mann, Brian Krause, Tohoru Masamune, Lucy Faust, David Jensen
Director: Kevin Gendreau
Release Date: 19 April 2008
Length: 86 minutes
Movie Rating: Not Rated
View Format: TV
My Rating: 2/5 stars
“On a mission to deliver a devastating weapon to the Pacific front during World War II, a group of elite female aviators crash-lands on an eerie island where the Japanese aren’t the only foe. Now the plucky pilots must fight enemy soldiers, repair their plane, and fend off flying dinosaurs if they hope to survive and complete their mission. Kevin Gendreau directs this fantastical drama that stars Brian Krause and Jamie Elle Mann.” — Netflix.com
This was a mildly entertaining horror movie that had an interesting story that they chose not to develop. A plane of American aviators and soldiers crash land on a remote island during World War II. They are behind enemy lines so they are on alert for the enemy, but they have no idea that the Japanese are the least of their concerns right them. Turns out the Japanese had accidentally reopened a cave with a bunch of dinosaur eggs inside and now the eggs have hatched. There are now 100s of winged predators who call the island their home and they will eat just about anything – including people. There are only a few Japanese survivors left, but they are determined to make it off the island and strike back at their American enemies. The Americans are just as determined to get off the island and to complete their mysterious mission.
Okay, so the stage is set for some interesting subplots and good character development, right? Wrong. The historical details in this movie are laughable and, if you can get past that, the female aviators are absolutely terrible in their roles. You would think that at least one of them would watch a few movies from the correct era to get an idea what to do and how women acted back then, but apparently that would have been a waste of their time. I really did not like the lead female aviator (Jamie Elle Mann) and struggled with her repetitive and shallow character. She is constantly barraging the Colonel (David Jensen) to give her top-secret information so she knows what she is fighting for and arguing with him at every turn. I know that I am not in the military, but I know that this is not good behavior for the 2 people in charge to be at each other’s throats – especially in front of the enemy. She made some stupid choices and really pushed past the bounds of what she should have. The male soldiers were kind of stiff and cardboardy and not too memorable. Most of them end up dead, of course, but a few make it off the island alive.
I thought the CGI was pretty well done. I am not sure what kind of dinosaur these flying predators were supposed to be, but they were menacing and scary and could take down just about anything in the air. The story was interesting, if undeveloped and lacking a lot of important details, and the acting was okay, but nothing noteworthy or exceptional. This was a decent movie to watch on TV and I found it mildly entertaining. It could have been a lot better than it turned out to be, but I have also seen a lot worse. If you like dinosaurs, like I do, then you will have fun with this. Just don’t expect anything to be historically accurate or even remotely plausible on the dinosaur front.
This movies contains a lot of fighting and dying. The dinosaurs eat most of the people so there is blood and body parts. Planes crash, people are shot, and there are some moments that are mildly suspenseful. Recommended for ages 12 and up on TV as the stuff they see in video games is a lot more gory than this fairly mild movie.