Poseidon Rexis a 2013 American science fiction horror film set on an island terrorised by a deadly predator from the planet’s distant past.
Directed by Mark L. Lester (Pterodactyl; Class of 1984; Firestarter) from a screenplay written by Rafael Jordan (Cowboys vs Dinosaurs; Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon; Dragon Wasps; et al).
The movie stars Brian Krause (Be Afraid; Plan 9; Camel Spiders), Anne McDaniels (Snake Outta Compton; The Dead Tales; Rock Paper Dead), Steven Helmkamp (Street Eyes; Dominion) and Candice Nunes (Terrordactyl).
A small, secluded island off the coast of Belize suddenly finds itself terrorized by a deadly predator from the planet’s distant past when deep-sea divers accidentally awaken an ancient evil…
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“There’s a great puppet scene with a hatched baby dinosaur, as well as the big bad final boss getting blasted with a bazooka. It’s schlocky science fiction with bikinis and jetskis, but honestly, as horrible as the real world is today, this is a pretty decent escape that only lasts 79 minutes.” B&S About Movies
“There is a lot of Star Trek-style shaking whenever a boat is attacked and plenty of over-animated pantomime by actors working with empty space later populated by a computer-generated dinosaur. Sometimes it is humorous. Sometimes it is laughable for different reasons. Either way, Poseidon Rex could have benefitted from a better balance for unifying everyone involved.” Culture Crypt
“Poseidon Rex wasn’t campy enough to be fun as it tended to take itself far too seriously, and while it was bad, it wasn’t bad enough to be terrible fun if for no other reason Mark L. Lester knows how to direct a semi-competent movie, even though I have to say this one was guided as if everyone was on vacation in Belize for real. Including during production.” Film Critics United
“Lacking sufficient self-parody to entertain as a campy monster-movie spoof or the budget to thrill as action-adventure or sci-fi, much like the creature it depicts, Poseidon Rex represents a throwback that even its own distributor can’t really get behind.” The Hollywood Reporter
“If nothing else, it is better than the average B monster movie simply because it doesn’t look so cheap. The better budget has allowed the production crew to travel to Belize, which offers a sunny tourist locale and beautiful azure oceans. Moreover, it allows the crew to film underwater…” Moria
“It’s not a hidden gem by any means, but it has a slickness and a professionalism that is certainly lacking from the relatively snarky Sharknado or the even-cheaper mockbusters produced by The Asylum. One can always tell if the makers of a B-movie are sincere about making an entertaining film, or if they’re just being cynical. The makers of Poseidon Rex clearly meant it.” Nerdist
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“Screenwriter Rafael Jordan and director Mark Lester unnecessarily embrangle the film with irrelevant subplots involving local thugs, treasure hunters and lost Mayan gold. The gangsters barge in on what is relatively the film’s best scene, in which Anne McDaniels’ buxom marine biologist cracks open a P-rex egg with her impeccably painted nails.” Los Angeles Times
“The action sequences are nonsensical and cheesy, as expected, but Poseidon Rex fails to get even remotely creative with its kills, which greatly damages the final product and the primary reason most people will watch the movie. Most would be willing to endure unbearable dialogue and a groan-inducing love story for a few spectacularly silly dinosaur kills, but we are deprived of such.” IGN
1 hour 19 minutes