Tuesday, September 15, 2009

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT

Allegedly based on a novel by legendary fantasist Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Asylum’s latest low-budget genre mockbuster is – surprisingly – a fairly entertaining affair. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not exactly "good," but it’s not bad, either.

The movie is directed by and stars C. Thomas Howell, and it’s probably his best effort for the studio to date. A small vacation yacht carrying two couples is pulled through a time vortex, and finds itself off the coast of an unknown island. Three of the passengers join the captain (Timothy Bottoms) in going ashore for fresh water, where they are shocked to find themselves stalked by a living T-Rex. Soon, they find other time-tossed castaways, including the crew of a WWII Nazi U-Boat. Will they ever be able to escape THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT?

The script by Darren Dalton bears only a passing resemblance to Burroughs’ imaginative and exciting 1924 novel, but if you can get past that – or are simply unfamiliar with the source material – the movie actually sort of works on its own, unambitious terms. The performances are fairly decent, the effects by Tiny Juggernaut are serviceable (if probably recycled from other Asylum dino flicks) and Howell keeps things moving at a reasonably brisk pace. As usual, Chris Ridenhour’s score is exciting and rich, and adds a lot to the viewing experience.

The movie is presented on DVD in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and 5.1 surround sound. The disc includes a "Making of" featurette, blooper reel, and the usual Asylum trailer collection.

THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT is a horrible adaptation of a classic novel, but it is an entertaining, low budget lost world adventure in its own right.. I’ve seen much worse. I wouldn’t recommend buying or renting it, but if you like these sorts of stories, it might be worth a watch when it airs on SyFy.

BUY: The Land That Time Forgot