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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Movie Review # 10 The Land That Time Forgot (2009)

Release: 2009 
Director: C. Thomas Howell (The Genesis Code, The Day the Earth Stopped)
Writer(s): Edgar Rice Burroughs (Novel) Darren Dalton (Script)
C. Thomas Howell (Red Dawn, The Hitcher, E.T., The Outsiders)
Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show, The Girl Next Door, Johnny Got His Gun)
Patrick Gorman (Gettysburg,  On Deadly Ground, Three Days of the Condor)

Rotten Tomatoes: 14% Fresh Rating (audience only)
IMDB: 3.4/10
Netflix: 2.7 Stars

This straight to video or your local Saturday Night SyFy Feature Film night. Is honestly not that bad. I will throw out the creature effects and all of the digital effects in general. They are appalling and look as good as what you would see in a modern video game for the most part. So The Asylum the company that produced this feature and many many more Mockbusters got what they paid for.

So what should I focus on? Well the acting for a B-Film it was not half bad. There where a few scenes where the acting was over the top cheesy. That made me want some tortilla chip's and jalapeños. They thankfully where just few and far between. The direction and cinematography wasn't awful either. They where staged nicely and where clean for the most part. So what makes this movie awful? It is the story and a vast continuity issue through out.

The biggest one happens half way through the film with a T-Rex, Germans and a maiden rescue. For some reason the T-Rex just disappears as it's roaring at the cave as the the rescuers and the Germans shoot at each other and the T-Rex. Only to have another of the rescuers run up in front of the cave and the T-Rex has evaporated as if it was never there. As they run after two of the rescuers who chose to take advantage of the situation and make a get away on the only means of leaving the island they are on. So yeah what happened to the T-Rex? I don't know maybe Darren Dalton who shares his name with a Ex-Survivor cast member knows.

Even then I doubt he does. Which sickens me as book written by Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1918 is actually a good book. The only reason I bring this up. Is that this book is similar in scope to Jules Vernes The Mysterious Island (1874) and Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864). The same can be said of this and why it get's its title Mockbuster. This movie released about the same time as the Will Ferrel comedy Land of the Lost. In hopes of drawing attention to itself. Sadly this is not the only incident as they have done this with Transformers, Alien vs Predator and most recently will do it with the movie Thor. All of which are put out by the production company The Asylum.

It might be sickening that they use these tactics. But they work as people are dumb enough to buy them. So as long as we the viewing public are gullible and we love our crappy films. Companies like The Aslyum will keep pumping them out for us. Which is fine for me as it keeps me busy with my little year long hobby.

My Rating 2.5/5 Stars

No trailers for this film. Feel free to watch it on Netflix if you are interested.

My Review Criteria: Must be a film I have never seen and available on Netflix (Streaming or DVD). Must be a B-Film, Indie Film or Foreign Film. Must have not been released in mass to Theaters in the USA. Feel free to submit any movie you would want me to review. I am game for anything.
(Goal to write 365 movie reviews in 365 days. Damn I am nuts!)

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