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Scott Kinney is an American geologist monitoring a local volcano when the Supergator, a prehistoric alligator recreated from fossilized DNA escapes from a secret bio-engineering research center. Kinney joins forces with another scientist and a Texan alligator hunter as they pursue the monster as it heads down river intent on destroying a luxurious resort packed with tourists. Written by
"Supergator" isn't that bad, but isn't all that spectacular either.
Arriving in Hawaii, geologists Scott Kinney, (Brad Johnson) Ryan Houston, (Josh Kelly) Max, (Dave Ruskjer) and Alexandra Stevens, (Mary Alexandra Stiefvater) run into a former student, Carla Masters, (Bianca Lawson) doing a report on a possible volcanic eruption. Joining the team on location, they travel down-river to the site. Nearby, Lorissa, (Holly Weber) Melinda, (Traci Toguchi) Wendy, (Meg Cionni) Zoe, (Jennifer Titus) and Tracy, (Joanna Shewfelt) members of a model group, arrive to do a shoot in the surrounding location. Starting their testing, they find a gigantic mutated prehistoric crocodile living near the volcano, and has taken out everyone except the team. Trying to stay alive, they try to rely on their instincts to get out of it's way before the volcano erupts and kills them all.
The Good News: When it's really on it's game, this one wasn't all that bad. Though there isn't much of this beforehand, the last half of the film is quite action-packed and really manages to save the film. There's several really big action scenes in here that are quite exciting to see. The jungle-floor chases are pretty suspenseful and contain some bloody deaths, the encounter at the waterfall contains one of the film's best jump moments, and the confrontation at the jeep is especially memorable for it's audacity to knock off two main characters at the same time. The real highlight, though, is the truly outstanding assault during a theme park's celebration to close out the film. There's plenty of chaos from when the creature shows up, leading to some great little mini-chases as it hungrily goes after the fleeing guests with bloody results, and the several trap attempts are exciting and action-packed. The final one is quite masterful, being pretty illogical but still believable as a way to bring the menace down but not as one that would be thought of in the situation present. There's even a few gun-battles drawn up through confrontations that aren't half bad, and really make this the whole highlight of the film. The design of the creature isn't all that terrible, looking like an incredibly scaly crocodile with extra horns and webbing along the back. This isn't a really bad look for the creature, and manages to get a few really nice shock scenes from it's appearance. The setting in Hawaii gives it some really great location scenes, as it looks quite impressive and tranquil, a perfect place for something like this. This also has a really high and quite impressive body count, which is really a great sign in a creature feature. There's a really nifty decapitation, a couple brutal and vicious mauling over several body parts, several who are simply torn to pieces in various orgies of bloodshed, and much more. This here doesn't skimp out on the gore or a rising body count. These all help the film become more watchable.
The Bad News: This here really only has a couple flaws in it. The big one is yet another in a long line of grievances for these types of films, which is the completely terrible-looking CGI used to create the titular monster. This is on-par with others in this type of film, where it's not completely obvious every single instance of it's scenes. It looks solid, but there's way too many scenes where it doesn't blend in with the surrounds and comes across as being added in later, a common problem in all these films with this one falling prey to the same thing. It's even completely fake during the copious amounts of bloodshed in the film. This shouldn't be considered any different than normal Sci-Fi Channel originals. There's a couple of other flaws, though, the main one is the constant cutting away or distorting the scene when there's a kill going on. There's a rather infuriating habit of cutting the scene during a kill so badly and making it nearly impossible to see what's going on. The shot is way too close to begin with, zoomed in to where you can only see a small portion of what it's supposed to be, and then it is cut with a really jagged style and just really cheats the film out of it's real selling point. The last big problem is the fact that the beginning is simply way too convoluted. There's a lot of small plots to keep track of that wind up with the same outcome that it probably should've just been melded together in a single one to save the confusion, as having four individual stories to deal with along with two main ones just makes the beginning convoluted and rushed. These are the main strikes against it.
The Final Verdict: This is the prototypical equivalent of a Sci-Fi Channel original film, with practically everything about them found here. Fans of that style are required to give this a view if they want to see more of what they like and hate about the genre, while those that aren't big fans should give this a look after seeing the best ones on offer before.
Rated R: Graphic Violence and some Language
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