Saturday, June 6, 2009

Land of the Lost

Movie name: Land of the Lost
Year of release: 2009
Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 1

Brad Silberling is an interesting talent. He oscillates between more personal and independent films and big blockbusters, usually with big stars (and mediocre results). "Moonlight Mile" was a fantastic and personal film for Silberling, but since then his output has been irregular, with "Lemony Snicket's" being just an average family entertainment and "10 items or less" barely registering. "Land of the Lost" based on the TV show, is his latest offering and quite possibly is worst film. The film follows the story of Dr. Rick Marshall, who has a theory about alternate space and time and who gets ridiculed by his peers. Upon the visit of a young British scientist he sets out to investigate an area where they believe can prove his theories. Alongside Will, the responsible for a decrepit amusement park, they all end up in a parallel space and time, where they meet all sorts of interesting creatures. The problem with this film starts with the story/screenplay, that shoots off in different directions, never really creating any sort of engaging scenarios or situational comedy for that matter. The actors are somehow expected to carry the story and make something out of nothing, but even for Will Ferrell that's a lot to expect. He can only stretch idiocy so far. The film tries to showcase good special effects and a sense of humor, but both fail abysmally - the effects look cheap and the humor barely registers. The only point this gets is for Dion Beebe's photography and Bo Welch's production design. This is a film to forget.