Managed to overlook this movie on numerous occasions due to the fact that it’s poster looked like a REALLY sh#t version of Jurassic Park – I probably should of stuck with my first impressions!
Anyway, yesterday I was looking through a random article on Found Footage releases, and this 2014 title popped up at number three on the list – turns out the writer of the article (who has lost all respect off me!) really rated this film.
So I gave it a go…
Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team lead by a respected Professor strive to protect vulnerable and endangered species, but when their guides abandon them they soon realize they are in the hunting ground of prehistoric apex predators.
So, what’s the thinking behind this relatively low budget Found Footage title?
Someone, somewhere along the line thought – ‘I haven’t got much money to invest in this…so I’ll make a Dinosaur-based Found Footage film!’…
Do you see the problem here yet?
If you haven’t got that much money to put into the film – why would you pick dinosaurs?
Surely a threat that does not have to appear on the screen would be more manageable?
To be honest, this movie was really moving in the right direction for about 45 minutes – the actors were excellent, the scenery was breathtaking and the build was slow but purposeful…
Then the first dinosaur scene hit me with a shitty stick!
I don’t really know where to start with this scene, or the dinosaurs in this film as a whole, but I came pretty close to hitting the stop button, and pissing myself laughing for the remainder of the night!
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear…those poor actors.
When my eldest son was younger (he’s 12 now!), I used to take him to ‘The Dinosaur Park’ in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. It wasn’t that good if I’m honest with you, but he loved it!
It’s sort of made up of rides for kids in a forest area – with life-sized dinosaur models popping out from the trees etc.
The models are very life-like, but they are just that – models.
AKA – I found them pretty shit!
These models (that have probably stood there since the 80’s) are a million times better than the monstrosities used in Extinction: Jurassic Predators.
I just don’t know what the filmmakers (Ben Loyd-Holmes and Adam Spinks) were thinking when they saw the finished article…
Okay, I’m going to leave the shitty special effects alone for a minute and concentrate on the rest of the film (believe me – that’s a pretty hard task!).
As I touched on above, this film had a lot going for it, until our Dino friends turned up.
I think the actors were really ‘into’ the whole project, and were desperately hoping this film was going to be the new Blair Witch Project – I fear they may be a little pissed with the end result!
They made a big effort, and they are the reason I stuck with the movie until the end credits ran.
The quality of the cinematography was also pretty good overall – the location certainly helped, but the camera work was solid throughout.
But the dinosaurs, I just can’t get away from the dinosaurs.
I seem to remember one scene involving a ‘hunter’ member of the group karate-kicking a dinosaur in the face then attacking it with a hand knife…thankfully this incident was only on-screen for a matter of seconds.
I actually applaud the filmmakers for taking on this project with limited funds – it was a brave move that fell flat on it’s face.
This isn’t really the worst Found Footage film I’ve watched this year, but the special effects have certainly managed to put it on the list!
Sorry, not for me.