King of the Lost World
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|King of the Lost World|
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|Directed by||Leigh Scott|
|Written by||Arthur Conan Doyle (Novel, uncredited)
Carlos De Los Rios (Screenplay)
|Running time||90 mins.|
King of the Lost World is a 2005 film produced by The Asylum. The film is a very loose adaptation of The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, but the film bears a closer resemblance to the remake of King Kong released in the same year, particularly as both center on a giant ape. Hence, King of the Lost World is a mockbuster of said film, a tradition that The Asylum usually undergoes.
A plane crashes in a remote jungle. Many survive, but the cockpit and the front end of the plane are nowhere to be found. The only way to call for help is to find the cockpit and radio a message.
Ed Malone (Jeff Denton) climbs a small hill and he sees the cockpit in the distance about a mile away. A group of people decide to leave the plane and head over to find the radio. John Roxton (Rhett Giles) leads a small group through the jungle. The rest of the passengers stay put in case a plane passes by.
The group arrives at the fuselage when they notice that it's not the same plane they flew in. In addition, the radio and all other important instruments have been stripped and taken away. They are startled by the arrival of Lieutenant Colonel Challenger (Bruce Boxleitner), who managed to travel by himself all alone to the downed plane, still carrying a briefcase that he doesn't seem to want to part with.
The group continues to look for the cockpit with some of their group getting killed along the way. They then encounter a military plane, which Challenger tries to turn one of the missiles into a flare gun, but fails. The group stops at a cavern for the night, where they are attacked by giant scorpions. John and Tianka are killed, whilst the Ed, Challenger, Rita, Dana, and Natalie flee for safety. As they escape from the caves, they are captured by a group of natives living in the jungle. It is soon learned that the natives have been stripping the aeroplanes to avoid any outside interference. The natives also turn out to be other people that had crashed a long time ago, and have developed a sacrificial rite to appease the creatures of the jungle. Dane and Natalie are both brainwashed into joining them, while Ed is chosen as the sacrifice.
However the sacrificial ceremony fails when a giant ape attacks the area, while Dana (who faked being brainwashed) saves Ed. They then meet up with Challenger and Rita, when they spot military jets flying overhead who attack the giant ape, but are destroyed in the process. Challenger is then killed by a native, leaving Ed alone to try and defeat the ape.
Ed detonates a nuclear bomb left from one of the planes and successfully kills the ape, but also destroys their cockpit in the process, trapping the Ed, Rita, and Dana in the jungle. They contemplate dying in the jungle, to which Ed tersely replies: "Not today" before kissing Rita.
Differences from The Lost World
- The setting is moved to the 21st century rather than the early 20th century.
- In the original novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, it was made clear that Ed Malone was Irish. In this film, however, he is American.
- In the novel, the character of Professor Challenger was a misanthropic scientist. In this film, he is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force.
- The character of Professor Summerlee is now a female character named Rita Summerlee.
- The expedition in the novel had originally journeyed to the Lost World to prove Prof. Challenger's claims that dinosaurs still lived in modern times. In the film, the expedition accidentally crash-land into the Lost World.
- There was no giant ape in the original novel, the original antagonists were a race of ape-men living in the Lost World.
- In the film, the characters are stranded on an island, however, in the novel and previous film adaptions, it takes place on a plateau.
- There are giant scorpions, giant spiders, man-eating vines and giant winged lizards in the film. In the novel there are only dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.
- Bruce Boxleitner as Lt. Challenger
- Jeff Denton as Ed Malone
- Rhett Giles as John Roxton
- Sarah Lieving as Rita Summerlee
- Christina Rosenberg as Dana
- Steve Railsback as Larry
- Chriss Anglin as Olo
- Amanda Ward as Natalie
- Boni Yanagisawa as Tianka
- Andrew Lauer as Steven
- Thomas Downey as Reggie
- Amanda Barton as Taylor
- James Ferris as Yuri
- Jennifer Lee Wiggins as Etienne
- Angela Horvath as Chrissy