1998; Rated PG; 83 Minutes
Casper Van Dien: Tarzan
Jane March: Jane
Steven Waddington: Nigel Ravens
Winston Ntshona: Mugambe
Rapulana Seiphemo: Kaya
Ian Roberts: Capt. Dooley
Peter Spyro: Winston
Produced by Stanley
S. Canter, Greg Coote, Dieter Geissler, Michael Lake, Lawrence
Mortorff, Kurt Silberschneider and Peter Ziegler; Directed
by Carl Schenkel; Screenwritten by Edgar Rice
Burroughs, Bayard Johnson and J. Anderson Black
by DAVID KEYES
And The Lost City" is dead. It's a completely dead movie.
Nothing is alive or amusing about it. It's one big dead
mess waiting for a coffin. It's a dead film waiting to be
pushed off a bridge and into a watery grave. It's a dead
movie just as bad as the other "Tarzan" movies.
hope it fails miserably. No, not just because it's bad,
but also because a point needs to be made. We cannot continue
to subject ourselves to these "Tarzan" films any longer.
Can you even think of one that is entertaining? By failing
the newest remake, perhaps Hollywood will wise up and discontinue
the line of "Tarzan" pictures.
film stars Casper Van Dien as the loin-clothed legend, who
returns back to the jungles of Africa from London after
he learns that his tribe is the target of a bounty hunt
by ruthless head hunters.
his true love, Jane, follows him, she uncovers an even bigger
plan, in which the bounty hunters plan to break into a legendary
African lost city and steal all of the treasure which, in
turn, would tear Africa's terrain apart.
so this story's a little more involved than you'd expect
from a "Tarzan" picture, but that's no consolation prize.
In order for such material to work, the movie, as most films,
must contain scenes that blend well with each other to create
a movie well-paced and entertaining. When scenes like the
ones in "Tarzan In The Lost City" are not blended together,
the movie becomes a tiresome and dead example of wasted
exercises in talent and ambition. You can tell from a couple
of the camera shots on how well these crew members are trained
to make a movie. I imagine they could do a great movie one
day, but they certainly don't do it here. Whoever was in
charge of the project is obviously a disorganized human
being. The moments of tension and climax in "Tarzan And
The Lost City" are not only misplaced, but fragmented and
disconnected from the rest of the movie.
films are absolute wastes. Once they are made, nothing can
save them. And with the way "Tarzan And The Lost City" looks
and feels, not even Casper Van Dien could have saved his
character from the picture's total destruction.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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