Inferno Rodan wrote:Well that was pretty cool. I liked the Slashers, though I question the logic of a theropod having such a weapon on its tail.
^I agree... It seems odd. They didn't seem to need them anyway, considering how deadly the front ends were. SPOILER ALERT!
A few things I liked:
*Taylor... Not sure what's going on with this guy, but ya gotta admit the dude's got charisma. Great job, Steven Lang. Who knows though... This actor's "Taylor made" to be a villain. BWAHAHAHA.
*It's a different time stream, so no "A Sound of Thunder" style future f-ing butterfly action. Also it explains inconsistencies like strange dinosaurs (Slashers, unnamed gifriggingantic brachiosaurs) existing alongside known genera (Carnotaurus).
*Damn, us monkeys work fast. Tension and flat out hostility between Terra Nova and the split faction, called "Sixers". Humanity already doing what it does best.
*Fish out of water humor. "Weeding" and the centipede scare stick out. I also got a bit of a chuckle out of watching characters when they try food out, followed by the inevitable "you'll get used to it". I give them 10 years till there's a McDinosaurs.
*Special effects... Were pretty good. I don't think we'll be seeing non-cartoony CGI for many years.
*Likeable cast. The leads are a bit vanilla, but they get the job done. And the kids are tolerable. The supporting characters besides Stephen Lang and the teenage love interest are a little flat, though. I guess those are points for the
Things I didn't like:
* The dinosaurs. Don't get me wrong, the Slasher scenes were pretty intense and effective (at first), but the brachiosaurs and the two Carnotaurus bugged me a bit. Sauropods like brachiosaurus were thought to have very limited range of movement with their necks. They certainly shouldn't be able to bend in half to reach plants being held up by a girl on the ground. Theropod tails should be relatively stiff. The slashers had tails that flopped around and could swing like a weapon. We've made leaps and bounds in paleontology since 1993 but these guys are stuck in Jurassic Park. I know this sounds like nitpicking to some but would it have killed them to do research about a major part of their television show?
*Flat supporting characters. The soldiers are 1D as were the teenagers besides our two lovebirds.
*Coincidences and miracles: Hey the bad guy just escaped and happened to cross paths with our lead. Sure he looked suspicious but Terra Nova seems pretty large... What are the odds of them running into each other? Also the teenaged girl crossing directly in front of the search vehicles in a huge, dense jungle. Yeah. Which brings me to my next complaint...
*Everyone who's not a bad guy has Wolverine's enhanced Healing Factor. The girl who runs through the jungle is attacked by Slashers and lives with minor boo boos. The F***?? Another teenager is dragged out of the vehicle and all the Slasher does is scratch up his leg. A third teen gets hit by the supposedly deadly Slasher tail... Another boo boo. One, two, three. They should be dead! Also, are all the guns tranquilizer guns? You went into the past of another reality and brought tranqs? Because if they're bullets those dinos have bullet proof scales. They baddies didn't seem to have tranqs... Not that the Slashers were harmed by machine guns. But then again, they could've been tranqs.
*I'm sort of getting the feeling that they're not in another timestream. Which would be lame.
Anyways, overall it's an intriguing premise that doesn't fully live up to it's potential. 6/10. How did this turn into a bootleg review??