Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Steven R. Monroe
What's it about
You should feel bad for the poor little town of Beaver Mills, Alaska. That pesky global warming phenomenon has caused some of the polar ice caps to melt and as if our gradually rising sea levels weren't bad enough, a monstrous dragon-like creature known as a wyvern has decided to eat everyone! Naturally, a ragtag group of unlikely stereotypes have to take it down.
Is it good movie?
Call me crazy-go-nuts, but what would you expect from a movie like this? The cover features a young girl running away from a monstrous beast. That cover tells me that this is going to be a stupid movie about a monster that eats things, and that is exactly what I got. When I pop in Godzilla, I don't expect Scorcese.
When I watch a creature movie, I really only care for a few things, which are mostly present in this film. First of all, I like the movie to be tongue in cheek. If a creature movie made today is trying to take itself seriously, then i'm not interested. Secondly, the dialogue has to be at least a little snappy, and that goes along with the first statement. Thirdly, the monster should be badass and eat a lot of people while being an ornery jerk.
This movie pretty much succeeds. Reminiscent of fun movies like Tremors or Screamers, you're put smack in the middle of a festival where you'll see the wyvern eating people up with reckless abandon. The characters are total b-movie stereotypes, presenting absolutely nothing new to the table. The acting is pedestrian and the characters are mostly cannon fodder. There are a few strange scenes in the film that felt a bit too serious for my liking, but either way that's a small complaint.
The Wyvern itself looks pretty darn good. He's not perfect, but for what is essentially a TV movie, the effects really help things out. This is a movie that is self-aware. Sure, it has a lame love story plot and cookie cutter acting, but it's still fun to watch.
Video / Audio
The film is listed as being widescreen, and the transfer looks pretty sharp, actually. The menus and interstitials before the film have a terrible look to them, but the film itself looks pretty decent.
Audio is in Dolby 5.1 and the mix is a little dull, truth be told. This movie could benefit from a sharper soundtrack, given the source material.
Absolutely nothing on this disc, not even so much as a trailer.
Wyvern is a fine guilty pleasure for those who enjoy old fashioned creature movies. It fits the bill, and you get just what you ordered. It's not a great movie, but if you rent a flick with a giant prehistoric beast on the cover and expect something different, that's your problem. It's just too bad the DVD is absolutely bare, as there's no real reason to pick this up unless it's really cheap.