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Rental Review: Land of the Lost

October 19, 2009
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By Chad Larson

“Land of the Lost” is actually pretty funny. There, I said it. My 14 year old brother hated it but I thought it was pretty good. Maybe that says something about my maturity level. Who knows.

Will Ferrell plays Rick Marshall, a sort of fringe scientist whose theories deal with parallel dimensions and time travel. The movie opens with a great scene between him and Matt Lauer that ends in a fistfight.

Marshall has been working on a device to amplify tachyon particles that would open a gateway to a parallel dimension. A lovely young British student named Holly convinces him to test out the device. They end up at a location that is prime for a portal, at a broken down convenience store in the desert. They trigger the device and along with the store’s caretaker, end up transported to a sort of “Catch all” dimension that has elements of many different worlds inside it.

They meet a friendly ape creature, run from dinosaurs, dance across lava glass to showtunes, and try to save the universe from an army of reptillian Sleestaks.

Now, I love Will Ferrell. He portrays the “goofy big lug” thing so well in all of his movies. This movie is even better because he’s playing a SMART goofy big lug. There’s a running gag throughout the movie where the characters encounter a tyrannosaurus rex and Marshall keeps explaining things like how the T-rex can’t see them if they don’t move. Of course the actual live T-rex in front of him might disagree, and generally proves him wrong.

This is another movie that has great special effects. The T-rex is very convincing, and I was surprised at how many other effects both computer-generated and practical were used in the film. There’s nothing that looks so obvious that it breaks your suspension of disbelief for even a moment.

I liked this movie and if you like Will Ferrell’s other films I think you’ll like this one as well.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 19, 2009 3:30 pm

    Thanks for posting the article, was certainly a great read!

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