The Eden Formula Reviews
Holy crap! The dino effects! or lack there of! Jeff and Tony do what they can to keep from crying in this piece of shit. If they where willing to play in this, they'd deffintly come and help you out on your backyard movie. As a script writer and film enthusist, I can honestly say, this is the worst movie I have seen in a long while.
Dr. Harrison Parker (Jeff Fahey of "Wyatt Earp" & "White Hunter Black Heart") has created a secret formula that enables him to genetically duplicate any organism, but he depises what he has done and feels that he has been exploited by the corporation. Parker and Calgorin Industries honcho Rhonda Shapton (Dee Wallace of "10" & "E.T. : The Extraterrestrial") are up late one night at their research facility in the industrial park preparing for a stockholders' meeting a week from now where they plan to exhibit the dino to the board. Little does Parker know that his old nemesis from his military days, James Radcliffe (the brilliant Tony Todd of "Candy Man") has invaded the building and is on a mission to steal the Eden Formula. Radcliffe's henchmen secure the premises and unlock all the doors via computer. What they don't know is that a carnivorous T-Rex is dying to get out and feed until he bursts.
Actually, apart from the lamentable but laughable special effects, the screenplay as a text doesn't look too bad. Buechler has taken the premise of a dinosaur in a big city from the second "Jurassic Park" movie and this T-Rex stomps and chomps with bright red fake blood splattering everything in sight. When Parker and Radcliffle aren't going toe-to-toe and face-to-face, Rhonda is racing around the city in a police cruiser with the dome light blazing trying to alert the authorities. The 911 operator dismisses her phone call as a prank and spouts the immortal line: "Very funny, Mrs. Spielberg." There's one grueling scene where Radcliffle stabs Parker in the back of his hand and the huge knife pins Parker's hand to the chair that he has been tied up securely. The villains storm off to search the building for Parker's formula that he has stashed in the women's toilet.
"The Eden Formula" is a lot of hokum but it is hokum that is hilarious whether it's the dino slamming its head through a brick wall or our heroes and villain duking it out with one another. Gorehounds will enjoy the chomping scenes, but the ultimate pun is the kung-fu scene where Buechler goes through a lengthy song and dance to insert a pun moments before the T-Rex shows up to feed on cast and crew.