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100 Million BC

100 Million BC (2008) Movie Poster
  •  USA  •    •  85m  •    •  Directed by: Griff Furst.  •  Starring: Michael Gross, Christopher Atkins, Greg Evigan, Marie Westbrook, Phil Burke, Wendy Carter, Geoff Meed, Stephen Blackehart, Dean Kreyling, Daniel Ponsky, Nick McCallum, Dustin Harnish, Jeff Bornstein.  •  Music by: Ralph Rieckermann.
        A scientist from the failed Philadelphia Experiment leads a team of Navy SEALs back in time to the Cretaceous Period to rescue the first team he sent back during the 1940s. Things go wildly awry though, when on his return he accidentally brings a giant, man-eating dinosaur back through the portal and into modern-day, downtown Los Angeles.

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100 Million BC starts in Los Angeles where a crack team of Navy Seals are briefed by Lieutenant Dorn (Greg Evigan) & scientist Frank Reno (Michael Gross) about a top secret mission to travel back 70 million years into the past using the time machine created by Reno to rescue the last group of soldiers & scientists who used the time machine & were stranded in the past. In no time at all the team lead by Reno are back in the Cretaceous period & have found the few surviving team members from the previous expedition. They head back to the time portal to return home but things go wrong & a huge Tyranosaurus Rex is propelled forward to 2008 & goes on a destructive rampage throughout Los Angeles...

Directed by Griff Furst who was probably so embarrassed by the finished product he hid under the pseudonym of Louie Myman (don't forget this is the guy who actually had the nerve to put his real name on the opening credits of I Am Omega (2007)) & is yet another 'mockbuster' from The Asylum, you know the score they take a recent Hollywood blockbuster or two & totally & unashamedly rip it off. In the case of 100 Million BC the title is obviously ripped-off from 10,000 BC (2008) although the story is more of a rip-off of The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) with the whole Tyranosaurus Rex on a rampage through a modern contemporary US city, there's a touch of Stargate (1994) in the way the time travel device looks & works & probably more by accident than design the time travel angle of the film feels like the Doctor Who serial Invasion of the Dinosaurs (1974) where various dinosaurs start appearing in modern day London & if that wasn't enough the plot bears more than a passing resemblance to the British telly series Primeval (2007) which also features time travelling dinosaurs wrecking havoc in moder times. There is not one single original idea or moment in 100 Million BC & that I can guarantee you. This film is so bad in so many ways it's untrue, it's just so badly made & written throughout it's impossible to know where to start. The plot has so many holes it's incredible, like people jumping out of helicopters 30 feet in the air without any safety ropes & literally landing on their feet unhurt, like the idea that someone has to stay behind to close the time portal or it will expand & destroy everything but if that's the case who prevented the time portal in the past destroying everything when the Tyranosaurus Rex ate Reno? Since Reno was dead who turned the time portal off? The whole concept sucks, only Reno knows how to operate the time portal thing? For God's sake it only has three buttons on it, how hard can it be? Erik seems to operate it OK at the end though doesn't he? What if anything actually happened to Reno? The rest of the team would have been stuck, right? I could probably go forever about all the plot holes, bad writing & the general lack of sense & logic but I can't be bothered. On the positive side at the least the film moves along at a decent pace but since it's awful you won't care & it's often unintentionally funny.

Before I watched 100 Million BC the worst dinosaur effects I had ever seen were in Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs which are literally just plastic toys & while the awful CGI in 100 Million BC aren't as bad as those they are still awful. I would say they are the second worst dinosaur effects I have ever seen, some of 3D models & the animation is absolutely dire beyond belief. It's no exaggeration to say that most regular home PC's could produce better CGI effects & your average computer game has better looking more realistic graphics & animation. The other effects are terrible too, there is one scene set inside a tunnel in which a car is seen travelling backwards in plain sight & it just looks bizarre, there are bags of continuity errors & despite spending six years 70 million years in the past those people still have nice haircuts & are remarkably well groomed! That's another thing, the film states that the team travel to 70 million years BC so why is the film called 100 Million BC? The editing is awful with a lot of scenes so choppy & badly shot it's sometimes hard to understand what's happening.

Largely shot in California this has rock bottom production values & is just badly made throughout, I don't wish to sound unkind because I don't believe anyone deliberately sets out to make a bad film but 100 Million BC is simply terrible in all regards. The acting is awful too, a few of the girls are good looking I suppose but that's the best thing that can be said.

100 Million BC is a rip-off of several much better films & TV show's, watch the film Jurassic Park or the telly series Primeval or the Doctor Who story Invasion of the Dinosaurs instead as they are all infinitely more enjoyable than this awful film & aren't that different.


Review by Paul Andrews from the Internet Movie Database.

 

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