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One Line Review: Act 1 & 2 rip off Jurassic Park, Act 3 rips off Predator.
DNA (1997) – Rated R
“Scientists find the skeleton of a strange creature in the jungle, and expert Ash Mattley is called in to re-create the creature by extracting its DNA. The experiment is a success, but one scientist turns the creature into a fierce killer.”
DNA is not the most shameless non-Asylum ripoff I have ever seen. That title belongs to the Roddy McDowall howler, Unknown Origin which lifted entire snatches of dialogue from other, far better movies. DNA is a close second though.
The first two acts of DNA rip off Jurassic Park, Alien, and Terminator 2 in a rather incomprehensible mess. Jurgen Prochnow does his usual – i.e. “okay I’ll play your cardboard villain, where’s my check?”.
Martial artist and perennial direct-to-video star Mark Dacascos just can’t win. At least he has one plum role in his resume. He played Mani in Brotherhood of the Wolf. Please go rent/buy that as long as you don’t mind subtitles. DNA is just garbage.
The third act of DNA changes movies to ape Predator. In Predator, Arnold jumps into water to avoid creature. Creature splashes into water just after Arnold exits. Arnold spreads stuff on his bare chest. Creature has strange enhanced (read less useful) vision. Arnold builds traps including one with a huge log (insert joke here) but the creature avoids them. Replace Arnold in the above sentences with Dacascos and you have DNA.
People Watch: Mark McCracken, who plays Sergeant Reinhardt here, had previously been buried under makeup as Pumpkinhead in Pumpkinhead II and Mant in Matinee.