‘Ferocious Planet’ on Syfy Channel TV Movie Review from Cinema Static

by on April 9, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

'Ferocious Planet' movie poster

Ferocious Planet aired on the Syfy Channel with Catherine Walker, Joe Flanigan, John Rhys-Davies and, well, others. It comes to us from RHI Entertainment, directed by Billy O’Brien, written by Douglas G. Davis (Carny).

To get to the quick of my TV movie review of Syfy channel‘s Ferocious Planet, a scientist has an alternate universe viewer, a senator (Rhys-Davies) wants to cut her funding, the scientist needs to proves the President’s science adviser it would be worth it to keep it going.

During the demonstration something goes wrong and everyone gets knocked out. Colonel Sam Synn (Joe Flanigan) wakes up to find something feeding on one of the science group. He pursues, taking shots at it. (He’s got an awful lot of bullets in that gun!)

Don’t be fooled by the credits… John Rhys-Davies goes early and he ignores warnings to not go out the door and, well, gets chomped in half. Serves him right for not listening.

Joe Flanigan threw out an honest to goodness funny line… they see the giant lizard and Flanigan says “We’re going to need a bigger boat.” His soldier looks at him and says, “What?” in confusion.

'Ferocious Planet' with Joe FlaniganThen while a few folk work on fixing the device, others decide to leave the comfy confines of their transported science lab to explore the land full of huge alien monsters… go figure.

The first half-hour had potential, but after that, we have aids plotting their financial success when they return to their world, and guys plotting about the hot scientist chick. That, and Joe Flanigan’s gun has an endless supply of bullets. We’ve never seen him reload.

And I find myself continue to wonder how the lab retains electricity, but that’s just me.

After another building shift the Senator’s aid he a bar sticking out of him… but egads man, they must have been cutting financial corners because the actor was pinching it in his armpit, kind of like what we did when we were kids playing gladiator or something.

The President’s science chick is a total idiot as she insists on heading off on her own to check out a building she saw instead of sticking with the group. Duh. I’m hoping it’s just a displaced cell tower that came with them. (Seriously, I wrote that in mid-movie.)

In the end, the silly scientist finds a lot of tax forms and a cell or radio tower, and Flanigan and the other scientist chick are the only ones that make it back to … well, they never showed us if they made it back to their own parallel reality or not.

Thanks RHI!

Ferocious Planet was better than than par but did have its issues. For us, it was a fun pizza and popcorn movie! We didn’t suffer too much.  On a Syfy channel scale, I’d give it a 6 out of 10.

PS:  I really wish Joe Flanigan can get a real role in something semi-serious, but I’m afraid from what I’ve seen of him from other projects I’ve caught him in, he seems to have one-mode…  maybe two at best.  But still, we can hope!



It was a groundbreaking device designed to glimpse alternate universes and government commissioned by a brilliant physicist. But the machine malfunctioned on its first presentation, transporting a group of observers into a nightmarish new dimension. The team quickly must use ingenuity and courage to outwit, outplay and outlast the native man-eating creatures of this bizarre new world while doing their best to repair the damaged machine. Even if they stay alive, without a working transport, they may never make it back home.

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Blake December 13, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Correction, they do not make it back to their timeline/universe. The flag hanging on the wall at the very end only has 48 stars whereas our current flag has 50.

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