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In their version, two couples charter a boat, encounter a strange storm, and are immediately transported to an uncharted island via the (often accused) Bermuda Triangle. On this mysterious island, they encounter just two species of dinosaurs, a host of Germans, and a duplicitous duo with plans of their own. As far as adventures go, there's not much in the way of excitement. They do run a lot, and oddly enough, over utilizing the same forest sequence (7 times), whether they were in or near this forest. Someone liked the effect and just kept using it. Some mayhem is involved, the language gets a little salty at times, and the ending definitely left room for a sequel (but it's doubtful that one is forthcoming after all this time).
It's not the worst movie I've ever seen purporting to be taken from a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs. If it featured a few more dinosaurs, more carnage, and some rudimentary suspense, I might have given it a higher rating. As is, it does the basic job of entertaining. I thought it was okay, I'd watch it again.
It had elements from the book. The Germans and their U-boat were there, but it was more just an island in the Bermuda Triangle with dinosaurs on it. Even so, the story was good. The acting was good and for a low-budget movie the special effects were really good. I have to give kudos to C. Thomas Howell for great directing.
It begins on a small boat in a storm. There are two couples, plus the captain and his mate. The next morning, when the storm is gone, they have no idea where they are. They spot an island and decide to head for it. They drop anchor and all but one head for shore. They soon discover pterodactyls and a t-rex, and upon finding the beach once more, discover the boat is gone. Not long afterwards, they discover they aren't the only people on the island, some of which include Nazi's and a U-boat, stranded during WWII, which for them has only been a year or so..
The only options available on the DVD are "Play" and "Chapters" which is slightly disappointing as I would have loved to see a "Making of". Ah, well. I'm not going to complain about what is there. For the price, it's well worth it.
I rate this four-and-a-half stars out of five, but as that option isn't available, I had to click on five stars. No biggie. This could use a boost to it's rating.
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