The Jurassic Dead
Original title: Z/Rex: The Jurassic Dead
- 1h 22m
A cracked scientist aligns with the Axis of Evil to bring down the US of A with EMP blasts, toxic zombification gas and an unleashing of the ultimate undead killing monstrosity -- the Z-REX.... Read allA cracked scientist aligns with the Axis of Evil to bring down the US of A with EMP blasts, toxic zombification gas and an unleashing of the ultimate undead killing monstrosity -- the Z-REX. When a hot-wired militia squad and a crew of college hipsters are thrown together to do s... Read allA cracked scientist aligns with the Axis of Evil to bring down the US of A with EMP blasts, toxic zombification gas and an unleashing of the ultimate undead killing monstrosity -- the Z-REX. When a hot-wired militia squad and a crew of college hipsters are thrown together to do something about it, chaotic Predator-Thunder action runs amok.
A movie about zombie dinosaurs exists
On the surface, this sounds like it should be a lot of fun, how could zombie dinosaurs not be? Right? However, this movie seemed to present example after example that this premise was a missed opportunity. What can I say about this movie? A crazed scientist takes over a military base for reasons(?) and a team of commandos (straight out of a G.I Joe knock off) got in to neutralise him. Let's start with what I liked. As a comedy this film can be hilarious in places and, looking at it, I find it very it very hard to believe any of the cast or crew were expecting this to be a serious blockbuster that would have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. You can tell this was mostly done just because they wanted to and not because of any serious intention to make the next Jurassic Park. This is a fun movie that on a surface level seems to be someone's passion project made for their own enjoyment more than anything. I think in a world where movies can be very cookie-cutter and deliver only what's they need to make a profit, films like this have a lot of a appeal. However, that being said, as a movie this has it's far share of problems. The plot, as best as I can understand, revolves around a group of commandos trying to infiltrate a base taken over by a crazed scientist. Beyond that this it very confusing and inconsistent. There is no clear main characters and the lack of any particular focus on the characters means you don't really relate to any of them. I had no idea who these people are or what they're about, besides some extremely basic stereotypes (the jock character likes football etc.). The movie devotes a chunk of the first 1/3 to the villian in an attempt to explain his motives but this simply raises more questions about everything he does. He works for the military and invents a re-animator sérum but then gets fired and becomes a teacher and then gets fired again and becomes dr.claw from inspector gadget? Not a lot about this makes any sense especially since the man then takes over an entire military base singlehanded. In short the plot really isn't easy to follow and I simply ended up just watching things happen for the sake of it. This movie clearly aimed above its budged with what it tried to do and it shows in almost every shot of the movie. The constant use of green screen and computer effects is not very convincing and a lot of the effects change between shots. Whilst it's no where near the likes of The Amazing Bulk or anything like that, it's still laughably bad. A lot of the effects and filters added in post make it look very cartoonish and almost like the live-action elements where shot on a potato. Being one of the few things that wasn't completely cgi, the dinosaur is quite a good effect at times compared to the rest of the film. However for a movie with this title the fact that's only one dinosaur and it doesn't appear until 30 mins in (after a tease at the start) is a let down. In short, this movie was clearly not intended to be taken seriously, and it can be enjoyable that way. However the nonsensical plot and lack of any focus on the characters males it all feel pretty wasteful. This is definitely a case where less would've been more. With a tighter script and a simpler story this could've been an amazing comedy about zombie dinosaurs. Like perhaps if when you get bit you turn into a dinosaur? Within the context of this premise something like that could work and would be something new and probably hilarious. Anyways as it is the movie is a fun attempt at something a bit different and is a good waste of 90 mins with your friends.
- May 20, 2020
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