Land of the Lost

Land of the Lost

(2009)

A big screen reworking of the camp, kitschy but classic '70s TV comedy/adventure show, starring Will Ferrell.... More

After publicly humiliating himself, prominent scientist Dr Rick Marshall (Ferrell) is ousted from mainstream science. But after an admirer (Anna Friel) encourages him to complete his invention they, along with a redneck survivalist who happens to be there (Danny McBride from Pineapple Express), inadvertently stumble into a bizarre time and space warp.  In this alternate universe the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka - an ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other creatures including the slow-moving Sleestak race. The latter are a cunning bunch, the most likely to keep them stuck in the strange land forever.Hide

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Will Ferrell is in his element as a sad-sack scientist who transports himself and two others (Danny McBride and Anna Friel) to a land of weird stuff. Here they traverse sun-baked deserts littered with such paraphernalia as Hummer limousines, UFOs, motel swimming pools and giant crabs. One could draw a parallel with the plotline; also a hazy vortex filled with random gags and silliness.... More

But this strange film is confident enough to rest on the shoulders of its talented performers alone. Ferrell and McBride have fun with the material, pushing it much further into adult territory than you might expect. Weirdly pitching itself to the space between age groups, the movie comes across as sort of a stoner comedy for kids.

At the same time, the movie charms with a deliberately fake design aesthetic. The caves look like a sound stage, the reptilian Sleestaks look like men in rubber suits and the magic crystals look like remnants of Planet Krypton. Listen carefully and you might hear another throwback to an earlier era – the voice of Leonard Nimoy.

Land of the Lost feels like a novelty that director Brad Siberling quickly tossed off as an inside joke but something about his irreverent approach sticks. During blockbuster season, when films are often weighed down by self-importance, it’s quite refreshing to get something like this – a fun, frivolous oddity with nothing more on its agenda than a mandate to entertain.Hide


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I am 11 years old and wanted to see this movie with my mates on are own but we can't because it's a 12a we are going into year 7 and do not want to see with my mum sitting next to us it's imbarasing and i thinck were old enough to see a movie what do they thinck we'll do make a time traveling kit are self's and blow are self up


I am 11 and can not see this filme with my mates on my own i thinck this is stupid only beacause it might have a swear in it!!!


i would recomend to everyone who enjoys a funny 1


I got dragged along to see this movie thinking it was going to be a dull kids movie and not being a big Will Ferrell fan either I was doubly expecting the worst! Anyway, I was totally wrong as the movie is a classic non stop laugh out loud ride and had me rolling in my seat the whole time. Really really funny and recommended to all, though it's a bit rude for kids to be honest (but just cover there eyes and go see it anyway!). It's a real blast!


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  • I guess you have to be in the mood for a goofball picture like this. I guess I was. Full Review

  • Lame sketch comedy, an uninspired performance from Will Ferrell and an overall failure of the imagination turn Brad Silberling's Land of the Lost into a lethargic meander through a wilderness of misfiring gags. Full Review

  • Like its characters, the film keeps getting lost too, stumbling as it struggles to keep kids and adults from squirming in their seats. Full Review

  • The only marginally interesting, if unsurprising, thing about the pricey movie spinoff of the junky children's television show Land of the Lost is that a lot of money has been spent on yet another cultural throwaway. Full Review

  • The result is a movie with an exceedingly narrow target audience that should test Will Ferrell's appeal among boys maybe ages 12-14 -- about the only demo likely able to endure this laborious mess. Full Review

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