THE PLOT THUS FAR
Travis Preston assembles his team for an expedition to a remote region in China’s hinterland, where a wild animal that the locals believe to be a primeval monster they call the “Shocate” is said to roam free. Travis’ nemesis, Jim Harker, a merciless trophy hunter, has already set up camp. A race against time ensues and Travis and his team have to pool all their resources if they want to capture this legendary creature alive…
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Legendary” is about the hunt for a 30 foot lizard bear style creature. It might actually be a dragon, but no one in China’s hinterland can pin it down. What irks me about this movie is that Scott Adkins really never gets the chance to break out his martial arts knowledge. He plays a rip on Indiana Jones, while Lundgren smokes cigars and just plays himself. It’s not the worst thing, but it’s very odd given the nature of the men hired to lead this film.
Adkins and Lundgren perform well together. That being said, they’re having to work against a CG giant gecko. It’s like the GEICO commercials came to life and went to China to make an awful DTV movie. When Adkins tries to wrestle with the beast, I had flashbacks to the later awful Sinbad movies. Lundgren takes everything in stride, as you know that the man has made far worse dreck in the last 20 years. But, that’s what this kind of film is about and the older actor relishes each moment. They’re not all going to be Rocky IV, boyos.
The DVD comes with a featurette and interviews as the special features. The A/V Quality is typical for standard definition. The transfer is a little washed out. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track does the best it can with staging the environmental scares. In the end, I’d recommend purchase to the Lundgren die-hard fans.
RELEASE DATE: 07/29/2014