Tuesday, June 26, 2007

RAPTOR ISLAND

Oh, those pesky dinosaurs! No matter where you go these days, it seems like you can't help running into - and away from - prehistoric predators who don't seem to realize they're supposed to be extinct. They seem to be especially prevalent on tropical islands.

To whit, RAPTOR ISLAND (2004), another Sci-Fi Channel "Original," starring Lorenzo Lamas (SNAKEATER) as the leader of a Navy SEALS unit pursuing a terrorist leader (Steven Bauer, PIT FIGHTER) in the South China Sea.

Through a series of contrived incidents, the SEALS, the terrorist, and a female CIA agent (Haley Dumond) all end up on an uncharted island inexplicably inhabited by a horde of bloodthirsty velociraptors.

So, what’s wrong with this film? Nearly everything – from the nonsensical story, subpar (even for a B-movie) performances, shoddily-rendered and poorly animated CGI dinos to the clearly non-tropical Canadian forest unconvincingly standing in for the supposedly tropical jungle isle.

Is there anything good about it? Well, the pace is brisk, the raptor attacks fairly violent, and I didn’t feel like clawing my eyes out before the climax. Could be worse, I guess.

Anchor Bay gives this dino dropping a sharp, 1.85 anamorphic transfer and that’s it. No bonus features are included whatsoever.

Even for a modern-day, direct-to-cable creature feature, RAPTOR ISLAND is pretty tepid. Not recommended.

BUY: Raptor Island