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Prof. Lionel Hudgens:
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The minute the forward started, I knew we were in for trouble! The premise is laughable at best. The story line was even worse, if that is possible.
The acting was stiff and the actors gave off a sense of inexperience. You expect more from the likes of Slater, Reid and Dorff. Lines were delivered as if from a robot. And I'm sorry, I like Reid but she was VERY unbelievable as an archaeologist. Slater and Dorff picked a lousy film to try and stage their comebacks.
The continuity was off through out the entire film. The creatures weren't bad, but they really weren't good either.
Bottom line, I want that ninety minutes of my life back. They can keep the money, but give me the time! What a waste.
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