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BMZ Review: Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia (3D/2D)
By Ann Coates

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Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia 3D
Written by: Ann Coates
Source: Big Movie Zone
Date: May 24, 2007

     

Category: Reviews

Everything about Sky High Entertainment's latest film, Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia, conveys BIG.  The IMAX screen is thus the perfect medium to express this immensity.  From the giant dinosaurs featured to the short but effective animation of the comet that destroyed them, Dinosaurs exploits the best of elements of IMAX and 3D while providing a substantial study on these prehistoric creatures.

Directed by Marc Fafard, Dinosaurs wastes no time in introducing us to some of the giants that lived in Patagonia.  The film focuses mainly on two dinosaurs, the Argentinosaur, the largest terrestrial creature ever found, and the Giganotosaur, a massive 8-ton meat-eater.  Expertly rendered CG creatures are featured from beginning to end interspersed with commentary by Professor Rodolfo Coria, the resident Argentinian paleontologist.  Strictly a study on dinosaurs, the film remains attentive to the scientific accuracy of its portrayals while providing some very phenomenal images.  Capitalizing on the expansive IMAX screen, the film adeptly juxtaposes a tiny newborn Argentinosaur with its fully mature, 120-foot long mother.

The film also contains some splendid shots of Patagonia.  Beautifully shot fly-bys of the surroundings persist throughout the film, where the land dips and rises at will.  The CG dinos are integrated into the Patagonian environment with ease, contributing to the general realistic feel to the creatures.  Their movements and behavior appear natural as well, as in the viewer's first introduction to the Giganotosaur -- after scaring off an egg-thieving raptor, the giant carnivore delicately nudges its wayward egg back into its nest.  The snags in animation are few and far between, an action sequence featuring a Giganotosaur attack on a much larger Argentinosaur seems stiff and less convincing.  Nevertheless, the dino images presented are more often than not masterfully depicted with a good sound mix enhancing their power.

An informative, but forgettable narration by Donald Sutherland rounds out the film; the true stars being the dinosaurs themselves.  Though the film provides substantial educational material on dinosaurs, the focus on the Wow Factor is enough to keep a viewer's attention.  3D stunts pepper the film from a school of prehistoric fish rushing past, to a comet the size of Mt. Everest barreling towards Earth.  A massive film, Dinosaurs skillfully utilizes IMAX and 3D elements to their utmost in its portrayal of some of the a largest creatures to walk the Earth.

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