Stars: Natasha Loring, Matt Kane, Richard Dillane, Peter Brooke, Stephen Jennings | Written by Sid Bennett, Jay Basu | Directed by Sid Bennett
The Dinosaur Project is the (fictional) story of a missing Congo expedition and the findings of the Cryptozoological Society to audiences around the world. The film features stunning recovered footage of creatures thought to be extinct for 65 million years. As the search for the missing crew continues, questions remain about the source of the missing footage and the manner in which it was discovered.
Before I go any further, heres the now-defacto disclaimer: This is a found-footage movie. And you all know how much I despise the sub-genre. When its done wrong its usually done VERY wrong and when its good Well I cant remember the last time it was! What also works against The Dinosaur Project is that you just cant help but compare it to Jurassic Park - which stands head and shoulders above this film. Its a comparison which only hurts the film even more
However, taken on its own merits, The Dinosaur Project isnt actually that bad. For one, the way in which director Sid Bennett opens the film and relays the core plot is actually interesting, using a combination of news footage is actually a really smart way of conveying the information needed with relying on a long monologue to camera which is typically seen in other found footage flicks. Once we get to the found-footage portion of the film however its another story as yet again the film becomes a mass of shaky cam, screaming and incomprehensible action that just made me want to switch off the movie.
On the plus side The Dinosaur Project does feature some rather good CG dinosaurs, especially given the films obvious low-budget, its just a shame that any appearance of the film star attractions (aka the dinosaurs) is ruined by copious amounts of shaky cam! Probably worth a purchase if you can find this on the cheap, or better still watch it for free on your favourite streaming service…