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Genre: Comedy
Starring: Will Ferrell, Danny R. McBride, Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone
Director: Brad Silberling
Rating: NC-16 (Some Coarse Language and Sexual Humour)
Year Made: 2009



- Deleted Scenes
- A Day In The Life Of A Big Time Movie Star
- Devil's Canyon Gift Shop Commercial And Tour
- Commentary with Director Brad Silberling


Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Mandarin/ Bahasa Indonesia/Thai/Korea/
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 41 mins
Region Code: NTSC 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




Comedic genius Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, who gets more than he bargained for when his expedition takes a wrong turn into the Land of the Lost. Now, Marshall, his crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist named Will (Danny McBride), have no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in a world full of marauding dinosaurs, fantastic creatures and laugh-out-loud comedy!


With "Land of the Lost", funnyman Will Ferrell has reached a bottleneck in his career. For a movie that costs $100 million to make, its culminated box-office’s taking is a paltry $65 million, successfully achieving the title of being one of 2009’s major flops.

Reprising his man-boy role for the umpteen times, Ferrell plays scientist Dr. Rick Marshall whom to the absurd of many believes in parallel time travel. When an enthusiastic college student and fan of Marshall’s works, Holly (Anna Friel) persuade Marshall to continue pursuing his theory, the duo together with a small-time crook and amusement ride operator named Will Stanton (Danny McBride) got themselves pulled into a vortex and entered a strange universe where time and space collide and strange creatures exist.

This pathetically unfunny 101 minutes movie is based on a 70’s children television series (not that anyone care a hoot as this is not a crucial ingredient that makes a movie works) of the same name but the tone and storylines have been drastically changed in this theatrical version. There are no major elements here that will appeal to children except for a primate-like creature Cha-Ka who ironically speaks no English but sings in English, a T-Rex dubbed Grumpy that chases after our three protagonists constantly, a race of Alien-like creatures named the Sleestaks and the sole truly funny sequence that involves a gigantic mosquito. And I forgot to add it doesn’t appeal that much to the older crowd either.

"Land of the Lost" is a tiresome, excruciating boring movie to watch despite the numerous colourful lavish set designs that pays homage to the original TV series (again who will care a hoot). Ferrell is at his usual routines minus the R-rated coarse language and Friel is the disposable female lead. I seriously don’t see the merits of McBride’s acting or comedic skills and here he is adding on to the boredom by being an irritating blabber on autopilot mode.

Director Brad Silbering is no stranger to elaborate visual sets and effects given he helmed the underwhelming "Lemony Snickets" as well. You got to credit the man for all the rich technical and production details except the plotline with fumbling characters that do not make a slight attempt in engaging, tickle, amaze and surprise the audience. This is the perfect example of how a major Hollywood tentpole project can go wrong.

For a better movie about time warp and vortex (and educational to the kids if you insist), you might want to try Brendan Fraser’s "Journey to the center of the earth". At the end of the day, "Land of the Lost" is an expensive misfire that I’m sure beheaded some executives at Universal and expedites the death of Ferrell’s flagging comedy career.


Deleted Scenes last 7 minutes and the sad fact remains, none of these are funny enough to be retained in this unfunny movie.

A Day in the Life of a Big-Time Movie Star is supposedly a funny 11 minutes feature that follows Danny McBride around the set, from makeup to filming to catering.

Devil's Canyon Gift Shop Commercial And Tour is a faux commercial tour involving Stanton's (McBride) souvenir shop.

Commentary with Director Brad Siberling is an involving commentary track that has Siberling covering almost every movie-making aspects of "Land of the Lost". But since this is not interactive and pardon us for being rude, we can’t question him why he made such a lousy summer blockbuster.


You can’t really fault the visual transfer here for its almost pristine presentation and the Dolby Digital mix is aggressive and dynamic courtesy of Grumpy the T-Rex and suround effects from mosquitoes to Sleestaks.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 15 December 2009


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