Film review | The Dinosaur Project – Prehistoric creatures sink their teeth into the found-footage genre

The found-footage horror genre branches out into family-friendly territory with The Dinosaur Project, a modestly budgeted British action-adventure thriller that dispatches an expedition team to the heart of the Congo in search of Africa’s answer to the Loch Ness monster. Of course, the explorers get far more than they bargained for after their helicopter crashes in the jungle and they discover that a host of ferocious dinosaurs, supposedly extinct for 65 million years, are still very much alive. Handily, the team has a batch of hi-tech mini-cams on hand to record the ensuing carnage, even if most of the deaths and pretty much all of the gore conveniently occur off camera. Save for the expedition’s alpha male leader (Richard Dillane) and his stowaway teenage son (Matt Kane), the team members are so sketchily characterised that you barely register their presence before they meet their demise. Fortunately, solid special effects mean that the CGI dinosaurs are more convincing than their flesh-and-blood victims.

On general release from Friday 10th August.


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