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Lost City Raiders - action adventure DVD / science fiction DVD review
LOST CITY RAIDERS Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 1 1/2 stars
Actors: James Brolin, Ian Somerhalder, Bettina Zimmerman, Jamie Thomas King, Elodie Frenck
Director: Jean de Segonzac   Distributor: First Look Pictures
DVD release: 26 January 2010   Runtime: 90 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
DVD Features: Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital Surround 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Subtitles (English SDH, Spanish), Previews

LOST CITY RAIDERSThe year is 2048, and the fit has hit the shan. Global warming IS real after all, and the waters have risen, leaving the earth with 10% inhabitable land mass. John Kubiak (James Brolin) and his sons Jack (Ian Somerhalder) and Thomas (Jamie Thomas King) are salvage experts, raiding... erm... lost cities, I suppose for whatever booty they might yield.

But it goes deeper than that. John is looking for something else, something he hasn't filled his boys in on. He's in cahoots with the Vatican to find an ancient artifact that will somehow stop the waters from rising. Working against them is real estate tycoon Nicholas Filiminov (Ben Cross), who no doubt has a diabolical plan to make more money or make people squirm or something. I guess he's just looking for an excuse to shove a flashlight under his chin and laugh like a madman.

The Kubiaks travel all around the globe (in short periods of time using conventional watercraft). They see such amazing cities as New Rome (same as old Rome, with much more waterfront property), Dresden, and Los Angeles. The bad guys chase the good guys, the good guys take the lead and trade off the bad guys. The bad guys gloat and dialog about how the good guys cannot have anything that the bad guys cannot easily take away - you know the drill.

Lost City Raiders is a sloppy film that wants to be a series pilot - it's all set-up, but who cares? Action sequences drop into slow motion, though this seems like an editing decision as the cameras aren't capturing any more frames than they should. As a result, the action ends up looking choppy and less exciting than it may have in full 24 frames per second. The best thing that could happen to this clunker is the MST3K treatment. Stay away.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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