The Jurassic Dead (2017)
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This here wasn't that bad of an effort. One of the more enjoyable aspects here is the dinosaur action, when it occurs, ends up being rather fun throughout here. The opening release of the creature at the sale has some rather fun moments once he brings the creature to life as the gunfire to stop it offers some solid action to open this up, the bunker scenes are a lot of fun and the rampaging creature in the final half alongside the zombies offer up some nice action-packed fun. Those bunker sequences, from a soldier bare-knuckle boxing it to the creature lurching out of the darkness to mangle the intended victims or the different brawls with the zombies coming back to attack manage to offer up even more thrilling kinds of action here during the main part of the film that really needs it. As well, there's also the other big plus of the film is the cheesy enough special effects which is to be quite commended throughout here. Rather than dwell on bargain-basement style CGI that really should've been employed here, this decides to go for a largely inanimate model that at least manages to interact with the cast and gives the impression of something being there physically in the shot with people that normally doesn't emerge in these kinds of films. The creature looks decent enough and far better than expected which is the main point here, and it has to be commended on that front. As well as the rather impressive scope of the story which is quite large for this type of film, there's a few solid points here which hold it up over the few minor flaws to be had. Among the main flaws here is the act that this one just has too many plot points for what should be a rather simple and straightforward storyline. The idea of the serum getting unleashed and bringing about the dinosaurs' rampage should've been the main point of this one, but putting together the backstory at the college, the various interjections with the Black Ops team traveling through the desert and the exploits of the power-plant sealed away in the distance all don't have too much purpose being here in the film. Not only do they complicate matters way too much when it doesn't need to, but there's also the facet of keeping the dinosaur off-screen far longer than it really should for this type of movie. Despite staying interesting for the most part, a movie of this length really doesn't need to have too many subplots keeping it's star attraction off-screen with these issues the way the film does. The only other problem to be had here is the rather obvious lack of budget to be had in the film. Not only is the film basically drenched in a rather irritated computerized glow that makes it look post-apocalyptic when it doesn't really do anything for the film, but the one-location set used here stands out for just redressing the same setting as the various rooms in the bunker. The main dinosaur itself is obviously a puppet on a rotor that's manoeuvred around in a herking manner that gives away the low-budget nature of the whole film, which is then brought home by the eighty minute running time of this one. These here are what manage to hold this down overall.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language and mild drug use.
If you're into tripping or just had your wisdom teeth pulled, if you're an eternal optimist, a North Korean physicist or a Gregorian Monk, you may also find it to be a rough in the diamond.
If your kid is an Honor Student, if you're into Settlers of Catan, Twister, MAGA, Bernie Sanders, Duke Nukem, country music, anime, Lambada, fake news, chem trails, Hummers, gun rights, hard salami, survivalism, canned beans, Beano, gluten-free meth, lactose-free beer pong, the welfare state or the vegan lifestyle ... any of those, a must see!
The only kind of people who wouldn't like this movie are 1) Reiki healers, 2) Black Mirror snobs and 3) communists (but not necessarily in that order).
Acting is sincere, charming and self-aware ... and ... THE DINO F/X ARE PRACTICAL instead of digital ... we talking full-on Toho style hallelujah Gojira-lovers rejoice!
Concept, direction, editing, sound and soundtrack all hit the bullseye ... despite the cockamamie script, which must've been written by a brain-fried dope-dabber in a room full of lava lamps and clouds of burning hemp incense. Regardless, HIGHLY ENTERTAINING with countless intended and unintended LOLs. Party time!
The special effects were very bad and I believe that was by design. The corny dialogue, scenes, plot, and Dr. Borge indicates they attempted to make a camp classic. The problem was that the film just wasn't that clever. It didn't really spoof as much as poorly copy. Dialogue was juvenile and again lacked any decent humor. One gut spouting conspiracy theories was perhaps the highlight.
On of the things I liked was the use of graphic novel effects during the end credits. I feel this film would have been better if they attempted to have made it more like a graphic novel and less like a failed video game, i.e. use the graphic novel aspect in the film for flashbacks to create a reasonable plot.
Guide: No subtitles. No sex or nudity. Might have been an F-word in a swearing stream of mothers.
The cast offer a mix bag of two diminsional caricatures, with a couple notable exceptions. Very little comes off as convincing with delivery. Most of the drama is melodramatic in the least flattering way- again with a few notable exceptions.
As for the special effects, personally I found just as much that worked for "The Jurassic Dead" as I found wrong. First, kudos to FX department for doing practical creature efeects. It was a nice design, it worked on camera with one obvious exception, the T-Rex was too small. The CGI was at times, spot-on, some scenes came off a bit 1990, but all in all, Syfy and The Asylum worthy material.
Overall, "The Jurassic Dead" is a great film, the acting and premise is slightly rough to sit through, but there are a few cool, entertaining moments. The big winner for this one is the musical score, and sound track. Awesome work. If you are a fan of these types of microbudget creature features then it will be a decent watch, if not just go into "The Jurassic Dead" for warned.
Was not expecting much from 'Z/Rex: The Jurassic Dead' to be perfectly honest at the same time. The cover/poster looked cheap, it had a low rating and the reviews were less than promising. So in all honesty was expecting something terrible. Seeing 'Z/Rex: The Jurassic Dead' with an open mind and fairness intended, it turned out to be not near as terrible as expected, it has a few not so bad things. At the same time, didn't find it a particularly good film either, pretty lame actually.
Just for the record, am somebody who hates being critical believe it or not and is more often than not encouraging and aims to be balanced and tries to evaluate rather than completely gushing or bashing, so will always severely object to being called an armchair critic/expert that is thrown around a lot immaturely.
There are positives. There is colour and atmosphere in the setting and some slickness in some of the shots. The music is not over-bearing, variety-less or monotonous, even when not being exactly memorable.
The titular character is sometimes fun and has some personality that avoids going too far on the goofiness or scare factor.
On the other hand, the limited budget shows in particularly the not always very well organised editing and the mostly quite amateurish effects (with the odd reasonable one). Most of the camera work is similarly disorganised. The dinosaur doesn't steal the show as much as it should and as an overall whole they can be used randomly and with not much threat. The human characters are underwritten and have little development or endearing personality with so many silly and less than logical behaviours and decisions (a bugbear of mine and have found myself using it a fair bit recently). None of the actors look comfortable in their roles and don't seem to be having fun at all.
Also found too much of the dialogue on the wrong side of dumb and cheesy, complete with some soapy moments, and that it didn't flow very well. The film is extremely derivative, interesting premise with far too over-familiar execution that has nothing new. The lack of imagination and suspense also hurts the film, too much evokes cringing and the thrills are sporadic. It's all very contrived and throws in far too much that the film becomes very messy and quite bizarre. The direction felt like they were not in control of the material and not at ease with the genre.
Concluding, lame but could have been worse. 3/10 Bethany Cox
I started watching this and got drawn in rite away. I thought this take on the zombie genre was fresh and enjoyable. A group of Mercenaries are brought together with 4 nerdy college students when America is hit by an EMP! There trapped in the middle of the dessert and come across a secret lab with a mad scientist housing reanimated zombiesaurs! A college professor who has Been ousted by the world and crippled in an accident. Set shop and continued his experiments in this secret lab! His greatest experiment and lab specimen is A T-Rex and it's let loose on our saviors of mankind! But to add to the fun when the walk by dead Dinosaur bites you, as in all good Zombie movies, you become one. The dinosaur Fx impressed me as well as plenty of splatter FX. It has funny moments but is also a well done action/Horror movie. This holds your attention and a really fun movie to watch. I really enjoyed and was hesitant at first. The makers of this had real fun with the script and made a movie that will be remembered as the first Zombiesoar movie! THE JURASSIC DEAD was directed by Miko Davis and Thomas Martwick and scripted by Michele Pacitto, who produced the movie with professional bodybuilder Andy Haman, who also stars. The cast additionally includes Cooper Elliott, Shale Le Page, Ruselis Perry, Mia Klosterman ,Jason Hagan, Matt Block, Wes Clark, Julie Crisante, Juan Gonzalez, Nicole Goeke, Raquel Pennington and Shale Le Page
Comes out 6/12 from Wild Eye Releasing.