Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Land That Time Forgot

I caught this cinematic gem on TCM today. To make a long story short, a group of people find an island upon which dinosaurs and primitive humans live together against a backdrop of volcanoes and oil pits. The finer points remain undeveloped, and the narrative concentrates more on lava and dinosaur wars than the explanation of why this all exists in the first place. Naturally, it is a better experience as a result.

When I say "undeveloped," I mean that there is relatively casual introduction of a theory that each living thing on this island goes through the entire stages of evolution in its lifetime. There is a quick shot of women squatting in a fountain, supposedly laying eggs, and then the situation devolves into volcanic eruption and neanderthal abduction. But who really cares about that stuff? Show me more dinosaur fights.

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