The Dinosaur Project (2012)
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Movie InfoDinosaur Project is a team of explorers searching for a mythical creature. When their helicopter is brought down by a flock of enormous birds they discover strange creatures which civilization has thought extinct for millions of years!
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Critic Reviews for The Dinosaur Project
Director Sid Bennett is a CGI whizz and does a better job animating his dinosaurs (there are some terrific killer bat-like critters) than his actors.
It's British, it's kind of fun and, at barely 80 minutes, it doesn't outstay its welcome.
The Dinosaur Project, is exactly what you would expect from a found footage orientated, British film about dinosaurs... but that, unfortunately, is not a positive acknowledgement.
The CGI monsters are surprisingly convincing and children will identify with the intrepid 15-year-old lad who stows away on his dad's helicopter and turns up trumps by using his computer wizardry.
The effects are realistic but the acting isn't and the storytelling drags.
Reeks of a low budget and a poor script but has just enough charm to be worth a look - particularly if you have kids who like watching giant reptiles eating people.
Many people could learn from this film's achievements - and its mistakes.
Too gory for my inner eight year-old, and my inner 12 year-old cringed throughout.
The dinosaurs do the business, but they are let down badly by the human element.
The found-footage horror genre branches out into family-friendly territory with this modestly budgeted action-adventure thriller [in which the victims] are so sketchily characterised that you barely register their presence before they meet their demise.
It's let down by a messy script, a certificate-friendly lack of gore, some pacing issues and some ropey acting by a couple of the adult cast members.
Audience Reviews for The Dinosaur Project
What an absolute let down. The makers of this film should seriously feel ashamed of themselves. They fail to create an interesting narrative or make a believable found footage film. The Dinosaur Project follows a group of documentary filmmakers and explorers as they travel into deep dark Africa to investigate a reported dinosaur sighting. They soon find a whole society of dinosaurs roaming free. The film fails because it seems as though it wanted to have a conventional narrative, but chose the found footage genre to save some money. This leads to painful dialogue and the most obvious characters you could think of. They even try shoehorning in a typical villain, which makes no sense given the danger everybody is in. The film doesn't seem to care too much about sticking to its premise, as camera shots appear from anywhere and all the action is captured perfectly. We'll see somebody with a camera being filmed, and when it cuts to their perspective the person filming them has vanished. Is the main cameraman a Predator with a cloaking device, because I swear you manage to see him once. We also have magical sound, where even when characters are standing far away from the camera we can pick up what they are saying perfectly. This is very much a kids film, in that we have a 'cool' young protagonist who is an exceptionally useful tech whiz. He can even afford and operate devices the professional TV crew haven't even heard of. The film tries to be too good, when poor sound, lazy framing, and inconsistent lighting would have been a huge benefit. The dinosaurs do look fantastic though and all credit should be given to those behind these creatures. It's such a shame that the film surrounding the effects had to be so poor.More
Even with Dinosaurs roaming around this "found-footage" film still manages to be an incredible bored. It's a letdown of epic proportion and it is by far one of the laziest "found-footage" film I have ever had the displeasure of watching.
The Dinosaur Project has a very poor contrived plot filled with annoying characters you want to see get eaten, incoherent dialogue, no heart, and bad acting. The first of many problems is that it's "found-footage" spoiling what little suspense it had going for it. It's heavily contrived and lazy writing at it worst, just because a character son loves filming with a camera and just happens to be aboard the plane heading to island filled with Dinosaurs doesn't mean we'll buy that incredibly weak excuse for the filmmakers to be cheap. By far the Dinosaurs have the most mesmerizing dialogue in this movie and deliver some the movie best performances, that's right, the acting by our "stars" is so bad I had resort to giving the Dinosaurs acting praise. It gets worst, the movie builds up to the reveal of the African Loch Ness Monster and wow was it a complete letdown. This level of failure in storytelling is like a story I read about a man who paid his friend to have sex with his wife to her pregnant and failed over one hundred times. So how are these Dinosaurs you're probably wondering, look for yourself.
Yes you have seen better special effects in 1993 Jurassic Park and with the technology today don't you think these creatures could look more realistic. Apparently not since the filmmakers obviously don't know how to write a decent plot let alone care about their special effects. If that wasn't bad enough this movie dares to have an actor impersonate Indiana Jones in a very poor way. Filmmakers, if you want to make a bad movie go ahead, just leave the Dinosaurs and Indiana Jones alone. I could really care less what these characters are going through with their incredibly contrive plot points and so will you, you'll hope that King Kong, Godzilla, or something to come kill these annoying character. I could also do without the Justin Bieber look-a-like which to be honest has be overdone by now and please stop whining about your dad not loving to the camera. Aside from seeing Dinosaurs it's really not worth your attention.
The Dinosaur Project is a poor excuse in lazy in film-making with no effort shown in it. It's unfortunate that we get horrible movies like these which ruined the "found-footage" genre for everyone.
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