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Film / Curse of the Komodo

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Curse of the Komodo is a 2004 American science fiction film directed by Jim Wynorski under the pseudonym Jay Andrews.

The story follows a group of military scientists and some casino robbers that got caught in the mix of an island in middle of the Pacific that was used as a testing site of weaponized Komodo Dragons.

It was rebooted by a Spiritual Successor called Komodo vs. Cobra in 2005.

This film includes examples of:

  • Artistic License – Geography:
    • Hawaii does not have any casinos.
    • The cars utilize California license plates despite being set in Hawaii.
    • Parts of the island give away position of being in southern California rather than an isolated island in the South Pacific.
  • Artistic License – Military
    • The standard issue rifle of Special Forces is the M 4 A 1 as of 2004, though the M-16 is still being issued to Army reserves and the Marine Corps.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The title and the trailer is a dead giveaway.
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  • Bare Your Midriff: Tiffany notable bares her midriff in all her attire.
  • Being Evil Sucks: Tiffany admits to Drake that she's tired of robbing people, and being on the run all of the time, and wants to stop once they make it off the island, and "Find out what being normal is like." After some hesitation, Drake seems to agree. Sadly, this turns into Retirony, and a Heel–Face Door-Slam for Tiffany, which makes Drake into a more sinister figure.
  • Big "NO!": Drake at the end screams "NOOOOOO" just as three baby (but giant) Komodos appears from the beach and proceed to chomp on him.
  • Blatant Lies: Jack states that chopper could fit all of them. He later tells Hanson it won't but saying that lives will be lost along the way so everyone could fit in it.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Characters are seen spraying a large amount of CGI lead into the Komodo dragon. Naturally, it does not have an effect.
    • Only two characters were seen reloading on-screen.
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    • Professor Nathan Philip's Lee Enfield No4. Mk1 Customized, a bolt-action rifle, is seen firing semi-automatic! He never racks the bolt.
  • California Doubling: California for an island in the South Pacific. Averted since some shots were filmed on location in Hawaii.
  • Death by Materialism: Drake insists on getting the bag full of stolen casino money as the U.S. Navy bombs the island. As a result, he gets left behind. He is seen later sitting alone in the beach, as three Komodo dragons emerge from the sea and promptly eat him alive.
  • Driven to Suicide / Heroic Sacrifice: A bitten professor Nathan Philipps arms himself with a C4 bomb and gets eaten alive to kill the Komodo dragon from within.
  • Eaten Alive: Reece (zombified), Tiffany, Nathan, and Drake.
  • Evil Has Standards: The robbers never killed any of the scientific team, though they were doing this to keep their cover.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The film never explains how Komodo saliva turns people that come into contact with it to be in a zombie-like state.
  • Foreshadowing: Jack the pilot can already sense who will die along the way in the trek to the helicopter.
  • Fridge Brilliance
    • Assuming the movie takes place in 2003-2004, overhead shots show battleships and Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates docked in Pearl Harbor. They were still in use with the U.S. Navy as of 2004 before majority retired in 2006 and the last one retired in 2015.
  • Greed: The motivation of casino robbers is this.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Nathan Philipps arms himself with a C-5 bomb as the Komodo dragon devours him. This causes the bomb to explode from within, killing the Komodo.[
  • Idiot Ball: Lampshaded and Foreshadowed by Jack of who will make it and who will not.
    • Tiffany counts as this. While the Komodo dragon has not seen the group, she panics and runs off. She then gets cornered into a tree and promptly gets eaten by the Komodo.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Reece, Tiffany, and Drake ultimately pay for their crime as they end up as Komodo chow.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Nathan isn't that mad, but he is on the project, and his daughter Rebecca is a Ms. Fanservice character who goes skinny dipping in one scene.
  • Ms Fan Service: All the girls in this film.
  • Oh, Crap!: Drake at the end as he sees three infant Komodo dragons approach him and eat him alive.
  • Rare Guns: IMFDB notes that the film has a rare collection of guns, ranging from post-ban Chinese or Korean assault rifles to vintage WWII bolt action rifles. Full list can be seen here.
  • Rule of Sexy: The film has a lot of skin being shown for the female characters. One even goes skinny dipping.
  • Scenery Porn
  • Sequel Hook: It appears the threat of the Komodo Dragons is not over as three infant Komodo dragons emerge from the beach and proceed to eat Drake alive.
  • Stock Footage: Utilizes several stock footage including overhead shots of the island, the U.S. Navy ships at Pearl Harbor, F-14s taking off from an aircraft carrier, and the explosions on the island as a result of the airstrike.
  • Shout-Out
    • The Komodo chasing the pick-up truck is an obvious nod to Jurassic Park.
    • The Commando raid is similar to the one conducted on [[Film/Carnosaur Carnosaur 3]]
  • Technically Living Zombie: Two characters somehow became "zombiefied" after touching the Komodo's saliva. When Reece gets infected, he somehow manages to hold a gun as he chases the girls outside the house. It Can Think indeed. An infected Hanson manages to track down the team and bite the doctor on the hand.
  • Zombie Infectee: What happens when one touches Komodo saliva or when gets bitten by zombiefied Komodo victims.

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