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THE LOST TRIBE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Roel Reine

Starring:
Emily Foxler
Nick Mennell
Hadley Fraser
Marc Bacher


Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
After a devastating boat crash, a group of friends are stranded on an uncharted island where they encounter an ancient tribe of humanoid creatures.
Is it good movie?
I think that this film is trying to look and seem a bit like a certain franchise that one Mr. Schwarzenegger may have begun several years ago. I mean, the cover art is undoubtedly supposed to remind you of Predator. It even shows the beasts surrounded by skulls on pikes!

Anyway, at least this movie has Lance Henriksen in it for a cup of coffee. Instead of being completely mean to this movie though, I'd like to point out a few of its strengths. First of all, our heroine Emily Foxler (an appropriate last name) is pretty good, acting-wise. In fact, the whole cast is trying pretty hard. On top of that, the movie looks pretty good, given its low budget. The colors are pretty rich and the environments can be lush. This is definitely a nice looking movie.

Unfortunately the plot leaves a fair amount to be desired. The crew of characters on the boat come across a dude floating on a piece of wood and rescue him. Of course, he's frantic and wrecks boat, leaving them stranded more or less alone.

From here, you get the 'what do we do now/desert island' gimmick while people start seeing monsters shooting past the frame and squealing to each other through the trees.

Anyway, if this had stayed a typical monster flick with beasts killing people, I'd have passed through it, not thought much else and then moved on with my life. Unfortunately this film had to get too big for its britches and then start throwing in a really stupid side-plot about evolution and the Vatican (which is where Lance comes in as a crazy murderous Priest). This is really stupid stuff.

Other than that, the movie is paced fairly well to begin with but sort of falls apart near the end, petering out almost completely. And when you get to see the ape-creature-things, they look pretty bad. And their powers (and Predator vision?) are laughable at times, leaving you to laugh at the movie rather than respect it. There are some cool death scenes but the monsters are uneven and silly looking without a doubt.
Video / Audio
This DVD is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen and looks quite good, really. This is a really nice looking film and the picture quality does do it some justice.

Audio is presented in Dolby 5.1 and undoubtedly sounded flat.
The Extras
There's a really short 'Into the Jungle' making of featurette that shows a lot about shooting on location with a foreign crew. It only runs about 6 minutes long so don't expect a ton of insight or interesting tidbits.

There's also a commentary track with producer Mohit Ramchandani and actor Hadley Fraser (he plays Chris). This was actually a good track, as the guys are light-hearted and poke fun at each other and the film. I dig that.

Finally, a trailer.
Last Call
This is a watchable movie, but it falls apart under its own weight and becomes somewhat needlessly complicated. The death scenes aren't nasty enough and the lame religious subplot was almost laughable. Watch it at 3am if it's on TV, but otherwise, avoid.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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