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Science-fiction story in which a modern-day young boy comes face to face with Komodo dragons while suffering the loss of both his parents.

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Martin Gris
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Storyline

During the 70's, some Komodo Dragon eggs were dumped on the beach of a North Carolina island. Somehow, the baby Komodos survived, and twenty years later they have grown up and taken over the island for themselves. Young Patrick has lost his parents and his dog to the lizards, but didn't see them himself, which has left him traumatized. Now, with his therapist Victoria, who doesn't believe the Dragons are real, he is returning to the island to confront his fears. Soon people are being chomped, and Patrick and Victoria must fight for their lives if they ever hope to make it back home. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Rated PG-13 for monster violence and language | See all certifications »

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4 May 2000 (Malaysia)  »

Also Known As:

Az óriásgyíkok támadása  »

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AUD 15,000,000 (estimated)
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Kevin gets a chance to take his shirt off. He smears blood across his chest. As he runs away with Victoria towards the helicopter, his chest is glistening, but there's not a trace of blood. See more »

Quotes

Victoria: Is there anything these things won't eat?
Denby: Yea, anything faster than they are, I guess. And raisins. They don't eat raisins.
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Sultans of Swing
by Mark Knopfler
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Big teeth, no bite
29 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

15-foot long Komodo dragons elect to stalk the meagre pickings on an island off North Carolina (though filmed in Australia), rather than be starved into extinction. Holidaying family run afoul their insatiable appetite, save for the adolescent boy, who must return to the island to overcome the subsequent psychological trauma that has him on the verge of being committed to an asylum. Child psychologist (Jill Hennessey) encourages the boy to return along with his only remaining relative, and soon discovers perils that occupy the mind, often exist in the flesh.

While the visual effects are well crafted, and, dare it be said, virtually seamless in terms of the juxtaposition of CGI and animatronics, the narrative is laboured and slow-moving, and never really develops the identities of the characters. Hennessey is unconvincing, and the supporting cast are stereotypical and superficially drawn (Westaway's evil corporate crony is embarrassing courtesy of the rubbish dialogue and forced cockney accent), but still manage to somehow command an attempted tear-jerking epitaph after they're fatally mauled.

While the prospect of the Komodo dragon preying on humans isn't that far-fetched under any circumstances, the formula is routine, and the emphasis misplaced – the film attempts to build characters and invoke sympathy, when it should have concentrated on suspense via its already impressively manufactured title creatures. Sporadic thrills for the casual viewer, but too much bark and not enough bite for a genre fan.


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