Komodo

Komodo

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Director: Michael Lantieri

Cast: Jill Hennessy, Billy Burke, Kevin Zegers

     
 

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Michael Lantieri made his reputation in film as a special effects man, helping to create the dinosaurs for Jurassic Park, so for his directorial debut, it's only fitting that he should find himself working with big lizards again. In Komodo, teenager Patrick (Kevin Zegers) is visiting an island off the coast of North Carolina when his parents (and his dog

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Michael Lantieri made his reputation in film as a special effects man, helping to create the dinosaurs for Jurassic Park, so for his directorial debut, it's only fitting that he should find himself working with big lizards again. In Komodo, teenager Patrick (Kevin Zegers) is visiting an island off the coast of North Carolina when his parents (and his dog) are attacked and killed by a pack of large Komodo dragons. The reptiles were brought to the island by workers from an oil company, who foolishly allowed them to breed at will and run free. A psychiatrist treating the boy (Jill Hennessy) tells him (in one of the most poorly considered bits of advice in medical history) that he must face his fears by returning to the place where his mom and dad were attacked. With his aunt (Nina Landis) in tow, Patrick returns, only to discover that the dragons are out in force -- and quite hungry. As in Lantieri's previous work, the killer lizards were actually the product of the special effects department -- not real Komodo dragons (who might not be inclined to kill on command).

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What we have here is the basic 1950s B-movie "mutant critters running amok" saga, with not much new going for it except for some credible special effects (which should be a given, considering director Michael Lantieri's background) and an excellent performance by Jill Hennessey as Victoria, a heroine who faces up to bully humans as well as brazen reptiles. Overtones of Anaconda and Godzilla abound, with a smidgen of Jurassic Park thrown in for good measure, although Komodo falls short of all of them in the long run, mostly because of the abrupt and frustratingly inconclusive ending. But fans of those 1950s sci-fi staples that featured giant, rampaging ants, leeches, and tarantulas may get a familiar jolt from the sight of carnivorous Komodo dragons leaping out of the bushes at unsuspecting human victims. Those with more discriminating taste in their "nature vs. man" thrillers may want to see if the wonderfully cheesy The Food of the Gods is available instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2001
UPC:
0658149746039
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
PG13
Source:
STUDIO / STERLING

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jill Hennessy Actor
Billy Burke Actor
Kevin Zegers Actor
Paul Gleeson Actor
Nina Landis Actor
Simon Westaway Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Lantieri Director
Hans Bauer Screenwriter
David Burr Cinematographer
Devesh Chetty Executive Producer
Chris Brown Co-producer
John Debney Score Composer
Michael Fallavollita Editor
George Liddle Production Designer
Tony Ludwig Producer
Craig Mitchell Screenwriter
Alan Riche Producer
Jules Roman Executive Producer
Richard Vane Executive Producer

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Komodo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This isn't a creature feature. These Komodo aren't mutants, nor is anything supernatural in the movie. These Komodo were lost by an animal smuggler. This gives information about Komodo, and the special affects are wonderful. They look like live reptiles. Komodo are like living Dinosaurs. They're beautiful majestic creatures. They've ruled their environment for their species's entire existence. So: This shows what would/could happen if a large number of Komodo were dumped in a new environment. One that's similar to their original habitat. They'd dominate the island, of course. They'd be at the top of All Food Chains. Beyond that an oil company poisons the island. So the only things alive on the island are plants, humans and Komodo. These fictional Komodo were so dangerous because they were starving. They'd eat anything slower than themselves at that point.