The Land That Time Forgot (2009 film)

The Land That Time Forgot (promotionally titled Edgar Rice Burrough's The Land That Time Forgot, release in other countries as Dinosaur Island) is a 2009 science fiction film by independent American film studio The Asylum. The film is an adaptation of the 1918 Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same name, and a re-make of the 1975 film starring Doug McClure.

The Land That Time Forgot
Theatrical poster
Directed byC. Thomas Howell
Produced byDavid Michael Latt
Screenplay byDarren Dalton
Based onThe Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
StarringC. Thomas Howell
Timothy Bottoms
Stephen Blackehart
Lindsey McKeon
Anya Benton
Patrick Gorman
Music byChris Cano
Chris Ridenhour
CinematographyMark Atkins
Edited byBrian Brinkman
Distributed byThe Asylum
Release date
  • July 28, 2009 (2009-07-28)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
German
Budget$600,000

Plot

The film takes place in the present, when two newlywed couples are enjoying a charter boat cruise through the Caribbean. Passing through a bizarre storm, they emerge off the shore of the mysterious island of Caprona.

The island, which seems to exist within a time void inside the Bermuda Triangle, is full of anachronistic inhabitants, including dinosaurs and a crew of a stranded German U-Boat. The newlyweds, along with the charter boat's captain and the Germans, must battle a variety of obstacles to escape from the island and get back to their own time.

At first the plan is to rescue a woman named Karen from the Germans and then take their boat away, but their guides Jude and Conrad betray them and steal the boat, leaving them to the Germans. Eventually, the captain convinces the Germans to work together to get off the island. They are able to free the U-Boat and make diesel fuel from oil on the island. Unfortunately, Frost is left behind as he can't get to the sub in time and his wife Karen joins him on the island again. The sub gets away, but it is unclear if it ever returned to civilization. Frost writes down his story and puts in a thermos and throws it in the ocean. He and Karen have found a life on the island and Karen is pregnant.

Cast

Reception

The Land That Time Forgot received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. There's no approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes but the Want-To-See score is currently 38%. As with many recent Asylum films, this might be considered a low budget mockbuster, made to capitalize on a larger-budgeted film with a similar name - in this case the 2009 film Land of the Lost. However, Land of the Lost was itself a notorious critical and commercial bomb, with little audience goodwill to exploit.

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