Have you ever wanted to hunt and kill a dinosaur in the wilderness? Well, thanks to modern technology, the ultimate hunt is now available at a high price. Those with the right skills and who are rich enough can be dropped into the wilderness to hunt dinosaurs. Welcome to Jurassic Hunt, a company that breeds dinosaurs at a secret location.
The film begins with a new group of hunters monitored by a small group of staff members who work for Jurassic Hunt and will oversee the new group as general precautions. The new hunters are given many weapons, including explosives, machine guns, and knives. We also learn that the hunters are not allowed to carry any communication devices, including mobile phones and must strictly follow the rules of the hunt at all times. Should they break the rules, they will be forced to exit the hunt immediately. The team is fitted with a tracking chip so they can be monitored throughout the hunt. One member of the group is a woman named Parker (Courtney Loggins), who seems more suspicious and cautious than the other hunters. Unlike the others, she has included a tranquillizer gun in her weapons.
As many movie lovers would guess, Jurassic Hunt is a play on words and somewhat mockery of the classic film Jurassic Park. Instead of creating dinosaurs just to see in the flesh, this time, they are made for humans to hunt them as trophies. This film is insanely cheesy and highly corny. With a short and brief plot outline, Jurassic Hunt doesn’t have much substance, nor does it require any thinking power from its audience. After we have heard the rules outlined and seen what Jurassic Hunt is, we watch a group of unknown hunters trying to survive and escape the island.
Visually, as expected, it’s not good, especially when it comes to the look of the dinosaurs. The killer dinosaurs have been done with CGI but look like they were done with an all-time low budget. Their motion feels more like a combination of stop motion and computer animation than CGI. Despite how they move seeming off, if viewers know what to expect, the right kind of fun can be had.
But the extremely fake-looking dinosaurs aren’t the biggest issue here; it’s the camera work. For the most part, Jurassic Hunt feels as though it has been filmed without a tripod. Whether are characters are fighting dinosaurs or talking, the camera movements are fast and consistent, to the point I feel it’s bound to give viewers a headache in a short time. Granted, camera shots of the team walking from afar or aerial shots from above seem to be perfectly fine and pleasing.
The performances, like the crazy plot, are awfully cringe-worthy. While actors seem confident with every line spoken, the performances, dialogue and script resulted in me wanting to walk away from this film early before the credits rolled. Characters are forgettable, and as dinosaurs pick off key characters, I struggled to work out who died and who is remaining. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the hunters as a group, and at key moments, characters would speak, leaving me questioning if they had been in the film the whole time, and I’m only just noticing them now. With so much cinema awfulness, I still managed to find myself laughing and raising my eyebrows at several moments, and finding something good even when it’s so bad.
Overall, this film had me laughing multiple times, while at other times, I would either find myself frowning or raising my eyebrows. Jurassic Hunt is not a good movie by any means, and it’s downright laughable, but I can’t deny that I was still somewhat entertained. It’s poorly acted with a painful script, and the characters are forgettable and nearly impossible to support. Still, the biggest issue, along with poorly done CGI Dinosaurs, is the camera work that consistently moves around. If you seek a truly bad film on multiple levels and desire a good laugh at some brainless cheesiness, I welcome you to Jurassic Hunt. Jurassic Hunt (2021) is Available on DVD from March 9th (2021).