I recently saw two movies with more or less the same approach, dinosaurs and hand held cameras.
I don’t remember who started the trend of handheld camera, was it Cloverfield or the other movie with witches. Since then, it seems to be a trend to come up with movies from what appeared to be a first hand view (from a personal camera) on events.
Dinosaurs of course can be greatly credited to Jurassic Park. I recently came across two movies with two things in common, one most of the movie is taken from a hand cam and two they both have dinosaurs. The movies are:
- The Dinosaur Project
- Area 407
In both cases, the resolution of the camera used has drastically improved, it is now HD quality.
The Dinosaur Project
The Dinosaur project was a better known of the two movies. The movie started with the discovery of backpack from a member of the expedition and delved into the story. It started out as a simple helicopter to simply film some mysterious water creature in the African jungle. However, their helicopter crashed after it was hit by what appeared to be Pterodactyl (actually a few of them).
It was also a story of the relationship between a boy and his father who happened to be the leader of the expedition. He had the hat to make him appear like Indiana Jones. The boy apparently was a technical whiz and had brought many high tech cameras – water proof, night vision etc and recording on what appeared to by a 7 inch tablet.
There was suppose to be a gateway somewhere in the deep forest where the dinosaurs came from. As far as I can tell there is only two types of dinosaurs in the whole movie, one was the Pterodactyl, the flying one and the young ones that cannot fly yet and another is the two legged one (young and adult).
It was interesting that the boy befriended one of these walking dinosaurs who later saved him by throwing up on him.
This movie resolved around some survivors of a plane crash in a military base. Apparently, there were some dinosaurs there bred to kill. More than half the movie resolved around a girl who was very friendly and taking movies and interviewing the people around her in the cabin. The girl was flying with her sister returning home to LA after vacation in New York.
There was also an obnoxious passenger who kept criticizing the service of the airline, later we were also introduced to a photo journalist, a air marshal (female) and of course the stewardess.
The stewardess continue to perform her duty to calm the passengers even after the crash.
In this movie there was only one type of dinosaur killing of the crew one by one. At the end, those not killed by the dinosaur was killed by the security personal.
It was irritating how the shows goes on and off like a faulty dvd disk. I prefer the proper movies where the story telling and the special effects make it a pleasure to seat through.
What about you, do you like this hand cam type movies?
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