A review by C J Dee
Director: Sid Bennett
Starring: Richard Dillane, Peter Brooke, Matthew Kane, Abena Ayivor, Stephen Jennings, Andre Weideman, Natasha Loring
Running time: 83 minutes
Watch this if you liked: Jurassic Park, Chronicle, Anaconda
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Jonathan Marchant (Dillane) is a renowned explorer who heads off, with his film crew and stowaway son, to investigate the Mokele Mbembe, the Congo’s version of the Loch Ness monster. When their plane crashes then explodes, they discover that a mythical plesiosaur isn’t their only cause for concern in the jungle.
Having found The Dinosaur Project for only $7, I was convinced someone had been paid for the quote on the back of the cover saying ‘the CGI is top notch’. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The CGI was very good and the dinosaurs were a sight to behold.
I must admit, dear reader, I went into this thinking I would be watching a cheesy monster movie full of terrible acting, bad special effects, and atrocious dialogue. When I read that it was a found footage film, my cheese radar hit limburger.
What I found was an interesting plot with believable dialogue, decent acting and special effects that brought to life these creatures in a way that hasn’t been done in a very long time.
I would recommend The Dinosaur Project to fans of the found footage genre and documentary style movies. I wouldn’t consider this a horror or a monster movie, though it does have elements of both. If you’re looking for a straight up science fiction/fantasy movie, then count yourself in!