LAKE PLACID [1999] movie review

June 16, 2013 · Print This Article

WIth an A-list cast and a script by David E. Kelley, I was expecting much more from LAKE PLACID [1999]. I have no idea how he got all those actors to commit to this movie, my only guess is he did not bother to show them the script ahead of time, probably because he wrote it just in an hour before shooting began.

LAKE PLACID is supposed to be a monster movie with comedy, but it turns out to be neither. The dialogue only consists of very bad banter playing on the same joke over and over again, big city people (Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt) versus local country people (BIll Pullman Brendan Gleeson). It is very forced banter, and very tiring as it lasts the entire movie!

Since none of the leads were bad guys, there was no suspense at all in the few crocodile attack scenes. When one of the extras did poke his head into a scene, then you knew he was going to have to be fodder as the story held no bold plot twists of any kind (unlike the much better horror comedy ANACONDA).

So with no bad guy to root against, and the crocodile made to be likable and pitied even, there is no real conflict in the movie to drive the story or keep the viewer engaged. I have no idea how this movie was greenly.

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