DIRECTOR: Sid Bennett
NOT A PART OF OUR COLLECTION
May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? NO
In recent years, British directors have been taking Hollywood by storm, with the likes of Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011), Matthew Vaughan (Kick-Ass (2010) Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy (2004), Bourne Ultimatum (2007), United 93 (2006) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception (2010) so here we have Sid Bennett, attempting to break in to the mainstream with his so-called “Jurassic Park meets Cloverfield“ found footage dinosaur flick.
Up until now, little over three years since I begin this blog, this is only the second film to receive just ONE candle, or 1/10! Sid Bennett has taken a brilliant concept and with very little money, a cast of unknowns and some ropey CGI dinosaurs, managed to make one of the worst films that I have ever seen. It’s not so much that it’s poorly made as in production quality but it’s poorly realised, to the point that it’s not just the money.
A good director can make the best out of his prose but this defied its own genre rules from minute one! The found footage motif was flawed beyond belief as for starters the film’s aspect ratio was 2:35:1 rather than the typical 1.77:1 that you would expect from a documentary team or a camcorder. Second, there was more time given in the 83 minute film to explaining how the cameras worked and why they would be contrived into every scene in order to create a narrative later than there was seeing or even looking for any dinosaurs!
The lead character, let alone the rest, was appalling written and thoroughly unlikable. Then we meet the dinos and this was reduced to a glimpse here and there and few prolonged sequences with friendly creatures. When you think of the likes of Greengrass with United 93), who cast a movie about 9/11 with unknowns and created unparalleled drama with just the use of a camera, editing suite and music, or more specifically, Gareth Edwards’ Monsters (2010), another Brit director on a shoestring budget, managed to create a very believable world which had been infested with creatures from another world. Both had used ingenuity in order to craft their worlds and narrative.
Sid Bennett on the other hand, has displayed none of this talent and since he seemed to be so arrogant as to dismiss the details and nuances of the found footage motif, instead shooting a film in a conventional manner and spending a lot of time telling us that it was all captured on a camcorder, was nothing less than scandalous and failed to convey the truth of the film. This was a far from found footage and Sin City (2005)! Bennett is a far from a talented director as Nolan, Spielberg or Greengrass are from producing work as rubbish as this!
Boring, pointless and contrived beyond all reason and an outright failure of a movie. The Dinosaur Project is defiantly one to MISS! Save yourself and run the other way!