Movie Review by Debbie Winkler
Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Denton, Rhett Giles, Sarah Lieving, Christina Rosenberg
Director: Leigh Scott
Release Date: 13 December 2005
Length: 90 minutes
Movie Rating: R
View Format: TV
My Rating: 1/5 stars
“Television actor Bruce Boxleitner (“Scarecrow and Mrs. King“) stars as the unshakable Professor Challenger in this updated adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s classic novel “The Lost World,” which inspired the blockbuster Jurassic Park. When a plane crashes on a remote tropical island, four survivors emerge from the wreckage to find a prehistoric world untouched by the sands of time. But where will they fall in the food chain?” — Netflix.com
I thought this movie was pretty awful and could not really find anything that I liked about it. The group of people is too big to keep track of (way more than 4 people, though that is all that survives to get to the “King”) so you don’t identify with any of the characters and I had a hard time figuring out if people died or disappeared or if I wasn’t keeping very good track of them. The animals were a big disappointment. There are some human-eating pods on a vine, some giant scorpions, some dragon-like winged things, and a giant ape. No dinosaurs so I was very disappointed! Then there is a cult of humans on the island ruled by a creepy guy who selects human survivors of plane crashes as sacrifices for the dragon-like things so that the ape won’t come to their area. The king has some way of hypnotizing people or something so that they fall under his power and obey his will.
The plot was nonexistent. All you have is a group of people trying to find the cockpit of their plane so they can activate the black box signal. Along the way, they wander into all kinds of danger and leave their group splintered and vulnerable. I didn’t think the acting was very good and I wasn’t terribly impressed with the special effects. I was particularly disappointed in the creatures in the movie – I did not feel like they were animated very well and were not that scary or believable. This was a complete and total waste of time for me. Give it a miss if you are even thinking about watching it.
This movie contains a lot of dying and violence. People are eaten, crushed, trapped, enslaved, and tortured by other humans and monsters on the island. Most of the effects are pretty laughable, but this movie is a bit too scary for younger viewers. I watched this movie on TV so I am not sure how bad the language is, but I could tell that they bleeped out some words to make it TV appropriate. Also, if you rent this on DVD, there is apparently a nude scene so be aware that, if you rent this movie on DVD, it is for viewers ages 18 and up. Recommended for ages 10 and up if you catch it on TV.