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Case Number 27651: Small Claims Court

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Lionsgate // 2013 // 92 Minutes // Rated PG-13
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 21st, 2014

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The Charge

Fear the legend.

The Case

Scott Adkins (Ninja) and Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables) team up for a run-of-the-mill creature feature, not unlike something you'd catch on the Syfy airwaves. Which is a disappointing use of a pair of reliable action guys.

The story: Adkins is Travis Preston, a famed cyptozoologist who stumbles upon the greatest find of his career, a gigantic, mysterious killer lizard ravaging the wilds of China. So he packs up his team of crack researchers and heads into danger. Also, traveling to scope out the monster: deranged big game hunter Jim Harker (Lundgren), who's whacked a representative from pretty much every living thing with four legs on the planet. Harker sees the ultimate trophy and races against Preston to find the "legendary" monster.

Ahhh, a waste. Lundgren and Adkins deserve better. And since they're essentially making their bones on the straight-to-DVD market, it just goes to show you how mediocre Legendary is. These guys are actually fun to watch, despite the lame material they're saddled with. Scott Adkins is known for his impressive command of martial artistry, but here he doesn't unleash a single roundhouse. In fact he plays a jovial, easygoing scientist hipster. The good news: he's decent, which further adds fuel to my mission to tell the world that Scott Adkins is underrated and needs more work. Lundgren chews scenery as a macho dickhead, so…you know, fantastic.

But it's all for naught, because the actual movie is a bowl of soggy Chex. The mystery unravels exactly as the low-budget monster movie playbook demands, with some hints early on of the beast's lethality and then a bunch of dead-end character work until the final showdown.

The bread and butter of an expedition, like this, is obviously the quality of the monster and Legendary is singular in this respect: it's probably got the dumbest creature I've ever seen. Whoever the genius was that thought a gigantic computer-generated gecko would be a terror to remember, should have his urine screened.

The DVD: 2.39:1 anamorphic widescreen, Dolby 5.1 surround, a making-of featurette, interviews with Lundgren and Adkins, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The Verdict

Guilty. Kick this one to the endangered species list.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 65

Perp Profile

Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
• 2.40:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• English
• Spanish
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13
• Action
• Adventure
• Foreign

Distinguishing Marks

• Featurette
• Interviews
• Digital Copy


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