Komodo (2000)





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Michael Lantieri made his reputation in film as a special effects man, helping to create the dinosaurs for Jurassic Park, so for his directorial debut, it's only fitting that he should find himself working with big lizards again. In Komodo, teenager Patrick (Kevin Zegers) is visiting an island off the coast of North Carolina when his parents (and his dog) are attacked and killed by a pack of large Komodo dragons. The reptiles were brought to the island by workers from an oil company, who foolishly allowed them to breed at will and run free. A psychiatrist treating the boy (Jill Hennessy) tells him (in one of the most poorly considered bits of advice in medical history) that he must face his fears by returning to the place where his mom and dad were attacked. With his aunt (Nina Landis) in tow, Patrick returns, only to discover that the dragons are out in force -- and quite hungry. As in Lantieri's previous work, the killer lizards were actually the product of the special effects department -- not real Komodo dragons (who might not be inclined to kill on command).
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Sterling Entertainment


Kevin Zegers
as Patrick Connally
Billy Burke
as Oates
Melissa Jaffer (II)
as Grandmother
Jill Hennessy
as Victoria
Nique Needles
as Hippie
Simon Westaway
as Bracken
Nina Landis
as Annie
Bruce Hughes
as Mr. Connelly
Jane Conroy
as Mrs. Connelly
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Critic Reviews for Komodo

All Critics (3)

The first box blurb--'from the writer of Anaconda'--tells you what you need to know about the story.

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Audience Reviews for Komodo

There's not much to it, a inhabited island gets overrun by giant lizards, and the survivors have to fight their way out. There's no compelling drama, twists, or new ideas. The creature effects are fairly decent, there's plenty of action, and the film has a nice dark atmosphere.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

As far as low budget nature attacks movies go, this one's not bad. You obviously can't go into it expecting too much, as it was clearly shot on the cheap, with unknown actors and crew. The effects are actually pretty good, especially considering that it was shot over 10 years ago. A good blend of CGI, models, and animatronics. The cast is not particularly good, and are exceedingly over dramatic. Billy Burke in particular thinks he's in a production of 'Hamlet' or something. Plot line is questionable, as these kind of movies always are, but nothing that really makes you scratch your head. Something that both helps and hurts this films effectiveness is that its taken seriously. Often way over seriously. There are a few campy moments, but for the most part it tries to maintain its serious nature. One of my favorite campy scenes is the last minute or so of the movie, in which the survivors are walking down the street after their escape. This scene is shot in slow motion, as they walk dramatically with dramatic music and a serious look of bad-assery on their faces. Too funny. Despite its over dramatic nature, this is indeed an above average direct to video monster movie.

Julian Toepfer
Julian Toepfer

From the writer of Anaconda and part of the FX team of Jurassic Park comes a a really solid creature effects with some nice moments and really good FX (by genre standards anyway). Nothing revolutionary, but what it does it does well.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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