Saturday, July 01, 2006
"Curse of the Komodo" review
Curse of the Komodo (2004)
Directed by Jim Wynorski
Writing credits Steve Latshaw
Tim Abell .... Jack
Melissa Brasselle .... Tiffany
Gail Harris .... Dr. Dawn Porter
Glori-Anne Gilbert .... Rebecca
Ted Monte .... Hanson
J.P. Davis .... Blake
Jay Richardson .... Foster
B-movie kingpin Jim Wynorski cranks out another one. He has grown to the point where he can now freely reference his own work. When the head Navy guy is asked how he came up with the idea of making giant Komodos, he gladly credits one of Wynorski's movies for the inspiration. "I got the idea from an old monster movie. You ever see Dinosaur Island?" In another scene, a bunch of robbers pretend to be a documentary film crew. A scientist asks, "What's the name of the show?". The hot blonde replies, "Treasure Hunt". "Treasure Hunt" was another Wynorski flick. There are also references to "Cool Hand Luke", "Ghostbusters" and, of course, "Jurassic Park".
A bunch of people end up on Komodo Island and run for their lives. There are casino robbers, (with a hot blonde whose body has been aerobicized to death), scientists, (with a not-as-hot blonde with large breasts) and the head scientist's daughter, (Gilbert), who has extremely large breasts. They must work together to save themselves from the giant Komodo roaming the island.
The action scenes are tedious. Basically they involve the cast shooting guns off screen at a giant Komodo. Bullets don't seem to faze the Komodo. He just becomes bored after having been shot a few hundred times and walks away. Soon the people bicker and argue over survival tactics and the viewer yawns. Of course it's all been done before and better but who can ever really get enough of giant monsters? I know I can't.
On the plus side, "Curse of the Komodo" hums right along and doesn't hurt you too much. It's a B-movie and proud of it. We've got a giant Komodo dragon, some hot blondes and there you go. We have a movie! The best scene involves the scientist's daughter, (Gilbert). She decides to go for a topless swim. This scene was magical. Even with a giant Komodo dragon roaming around, she still found time to enjoy herself. Good for her. Good for me too.
SCORE: 1.5 out of 4 skinny dipping Gilberts