Amidst the later stages of World War II, a
female OSS officer (Jamie Elle Mann) and her crew are tasked with
ferrying a top special weapon to a US airbase in the Pacific. Before
arriving however their aircraft is attacked by an unknown assailant and
forced to crash land on an unnamed island under Japanese control. The
Japanese soldiers are the least of the teamís worries however, for the
remote atoll is also inhabited by Pteranodons, a fearsome band a flying
prehistoric creatures that have already decimated the Imperial forces.
The combination of flying dinosaurs and the
horrors of World War II is a heady if nonsensical one, and could only be
tackled by the fine minds at Sci-Fi Channel HQ. The end result wonít
win any awards, largely because it doesnít deserve any, but there are
still a number of positives to come out of a premise that sounds
disastrous by any standard, even those of SFTV.
Firstly the attractive Mann puts in a
decent performance, given what she has to work with, and both looks and
acts every bit the 1940s female officer - the producers certainly didnít
skimp on authentic hairstyles, makeup and costuming this time around.
The CGI is also used comparatively sparely and also looks comparatively
convincing, though more Pteranodon screen time would have been welcome.
And now for the negatives. The sets are
frequently shoddy - the aeroplane itself is straight out of Ed Wood -
and the cover art is appallingly misleading, depicting a type of
dinosaur, a T-Rex, to be found nowhere within the feature. Actually, on
second thought fuck the negatives. Itís a WWII film about dinosaurs, no
more, no less. By Sci-Fi Channel standards itís Citizen Kane,
and all budget-related deficiencies aside it isnít a bad place to spend