Movie Review

Raptor Island (2004)

Part of the Raptor Island series
1/5

An elite group of Navy Seals follow a bunch of terrorists to an island, but it ain’t no regular island. It’s raptor island. Velociraptor, to be exact, and not the real velociraptors that went extinct some 71 million years ago, no, Jurassic Park velociraptors. They are bigger, though, than in Jurassic Park and more blurry, but still just as lethal. There is also a Carnotaurus, because why not.  

“Raptors have been extinct for more than a 100 million years,” a character states wrongly (they lived in the Late Cretaceous period, 75 to 71 million years ago). “Somebody forgot to tell them,” Lorenzo Lamas quips. This is all you need to know about the script.

Lamas is the leader of the Seal team we get to see get slaughtered by the raptors. They also kill the terrorists. Speaking of slaughter. For some reason the raptors can withstand dozens of shots from automatic rifles without flinching. There is blood splatter, though, and the splatter effect rivals the ones in Birdemic.

Raptor Island (2004)
Raptor Island (2004)

Now, I love good science in films and when DNA mutation caused by radioactivity is portrayed in a realistic fashion. As we know, radiation damages DNA by turning atoms into ions through ionization, the damage can be negligible, it may be fixable, it could lead to the cell becoming cancerous, or it might destroy the cell’s ability to go through mitosis all together.

The Seal team finds a crashed plane that has nuclear waste on it. The nuclear waste caused the local animals to mutate into dinosaurs. I don’t expect my SyFy films to be realistic, but some things are just too stupid to be enjoyable.

The film has little to offer. There are a whole lot of scenes of the seals shooting endlessly at the raptors that don’t react. Another whole bunch of seals where Peter Jason is talking to subordinates on a ship that is heading to save the seals. Those scenes reminded me of the Raymond Burr scenes from the Americanized version of Godzilla (1954), Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956). They are useless and obviously shot to make the film reach its 89 minute running length.  

Raptor Island (2004)

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The Raptor Island Series

Raptor Island (2004)
1/5
Planet Raptor (2007)
1/5
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