DVD review: Land of the Lost

BY CHRIS SCHULZ
Last updated 05:00 03/11/2009
Land of the Lost is a mess of a movie.
MISSING IN ACTION: Land of the Lost is a mess of a movie.

Relevant offers

Film

Toronto Film Festival closes with a whimper Hunger Games: Mockingjay full-length trailer released George Clooney to receive Cecil B. DeMille award Emmy winners take on Kiwi stories What We Do in the Shadows wins TIFF award Quality may be casualty of film fest war Chef flick has the recipe for success Review: Predestination will keep you guessing Dystopian tale The Giver lacks depth 15 minutes with gender-bending time traveller Sarah Snook


Well, at least they got the title right.

Land of the lost - a remake of the cult television show starring Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel and a weird monkey boy - is a mess of a movie, with bad jokes, terrible acting and a confused plot ruining what could have been an enjoyably romp.

Ferrell plays Dr Rick Marshall, a scientist who, along with young assistant Holly Cantrell (Anna Friel), builds something called a "tachyon amplifier" in a bid to travel back in time.

With crazy creatures and action-packed set pieces, it should be an excuse for Ferrell to run wild. But the film tries to do everything - cramming in Jurassic Park dinosaur graphics, Indiana Jones heroism and the kooky comedy Ferrell is known for.

None of it works, and Ferrell seems stuck in a comedy no man's land. Bizarrely, despite some very adult humour, Land of the Lost also tries to appeal to children.

You'll find yourself dazed and confused by the halfway point. Only Danny McBride - the star of great HBO comedy Eastbound and Down - comes out unscathed.

Watch your back, Ferrell, he's going to topple you off of your perch.

Extras: Deleted Scenes, features and an unremarkable commentary by director Brad Silberling.

* What did you think of Land of the Lost? Post your comments below.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content