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

Heavenly Creatures locations 20 years on Birds of a feather in Rio Walker's brothers to help finish Fast & Furious Kiwi stuntwoman lands exciting roles Sneak peek at one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's last roles Look who stripped at the MTV Awards O'Brien promises nudity at MTV Movie Awards Why the vampire movie is hard to kill Mickey Rooney to be laid to rest in Hollywood They've built a near masterpiece


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

- © Fairfax NZ News

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which film do you think should take the Best Picture Oscar?

Gravity

12 Years a Slave

Dallas Buyers Club

American Hustle

Philomena

Her

Captain Phillips

The Wolf of Wall Street

Nebraska

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content