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Monster Ark (2008)

Archaeologist Nicholas Zavatero and his student find a vase with antique inscription on where Noah's Ark is hidden in the underlying monster called Tama. They decide to go looking, but things get out of control.

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Declan O'Brien
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée O'Connor ... Dr. Ava Greenway
Tim DeKay ... Dr. Nicholas Zavaterro
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Sgt. Gentry (as Tommy Lister Jr.)
Amanda Crew ... Joanna
Carlos Leon ... Belus
Bill Parks ... Russell
Richard Gnolfo ... Wilson
Tommy Nohilly ... Coles
Vlado Mihailov Vlado Mihailov ... Martinez (as Vlado Mihaylov)
Mike Straub Mike Straub ... Hutch (as Michael Straub)
Stefan Shterev Stefan Shterev ... Insurgent #1 (as Stefan Shtereff)
Bashar Rahal ... Insurgent #2 (as Bashar Rahad)
Hristo Mitzkov Hristo Mitzkov ... Belus' Lieutenant (as Hristo Motzkov)
George Zlatarev George Zlatarev ... Iraqi Captain Backhar
Velislav Pavlov Velislav Pavlov ... Laborer
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Archaeologist Nicholas Zavatero and his student find a vase with antique inscription on where Noah's Ark is hidden in the underlying monster called Tama. They decide to go looking, but things get out of control.

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Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genesis Code See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria

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Production Co:

Sci Fi Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Basing a plot point on a solar alignment that is thousands of years old is always a big mistake because of shifts in the relative positions of the earth, sun and other bodies over time. The error here is compounded by the fact that the exact length of a biblical cubit is unknown (they needed a four-cubit tall staff to create the pointer shadow). See more »

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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Talented leads can't compensate for poor writing and direction
9 January 2010 | by melwynSee all my reviews

When you're mentally editing a film nine minutes in, you know you're in trouble. Redundant scenes, pointless arguing instead of good dialogue...these things can be forgiven if they are rare occurrences and the story is good enough to carry it through. Unfortunately that isn't the case here, and the directionless scenes and dreadful writing continues to the end.

It's a pity, because the story is a good and interesting one, and O'Connor and DeKay have more than proved their talent over the years. They are let down by a bad script (so bad that at times their frustration is almost palpable), and direction which makes no attempt to compensate for or deal with the poor quality script. Surely opportunities for rewrites, even the odd scene, presented themselves?

If I didn't know any better, I would assume that the script is either a) a first draft, or b) a rush job. Maybe both. Or maybe the whole thing was written and directed by people with little experience who desperately needed a mentor throughout the process, and didn't have one.

The result is quite awful. The only people who might get anything positive out of this film are hardcore fans of the two leads who are prepared to forgive *anything* to see their faves on screen, or film students who would like to see a very good example of bad writing, especially bad dialogue.

That said, I gave it 3/10: one for the story (despite its poor execution), one for making the effort, and one for O'Connor and DeKay.


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