Dinoshark eats up DVD

Monday, 02 May 2011 14:48

In the freezing waters of the Arctic the slow thaw of Global Warming brings a new threat to man. A prehistoric shark: frozen, perfectly preserved and hungry. Dinoshark, as the creature becomes known, makes his way south to the somewhat warmer climate of the shores of Mexico. There he wreaks havoc amongst the locals and tourists. It is up to Trace, a fishing boat captain and Carol a science teacher to stop the killings at the same time avenging the death of their friend, who became one of Dinosharks first meals.

When I asked to review this film I was hoping to slyly pinch and re word a lot of the “Sharktopus” review I did a few weeks ago. Indeed the blurb that came out with this film mentions “Sharktopus”. It comes to us from the same people. It is shot in the same place (so much so that I could pick out the same backdrops several times). And it is basically the same story.

Dinoshark - available now on DVDHowever, when I settled down to watch “Dinoshark” expecting a film of similar calibre, I was wrong. I would not be able to re hash my previous review. This is worse. Where “Sharkopus” was cheesy and self-deprecating, “Dinoshark” takes itself far too seriously. Where the action in “Sharktopus” was fairly quickly paced “Dinoshark” plods along and almost sends its viewer to sleep.

The cast are treading water; they either overact or don’t act at all. Eric Balfour (24, No Ordinary Family) who plays the lead should have been so much better; there is no chemistry between him and his friends and he just isn’t a hero. Iva Hasperger as the science teacher would probably please school boys, particularly when she takes her top off for no apparent reason whilst researching prehistoric sharks. She just gets up and whips her top off revealing her ample bosom. Why? I have no problem with the pretty ladies getting down to their smalls but normally they are about to go for a swim, not read about ancient predators.

Some of the ‘about to be eaten’ actors are interesting in their approach to impending doom, there are the kayakers who see the shark coming and start to paddle away, but paddle out to sea  not towards the nearby shore. A young boy is almost eaten by a crocodile only to witness Dinoshark eat the croc instead, he carefully and quite dramatically walks backwards from the water towards his parents  and tells them about his terrifying adventure only to be dismissed and dragged off to a boat excursion. (The poor lad later witnesses his uncaring parent’s demise, as they cling to each other rather than try to save him).

Producer Roger Corman takes a cameo as a quietly spoken scientist that Carol visits for help.

Unlike “Sharktopus” where the action was pretty much unrelenting “Dinoshark” spends a long, long stretch on land with not much going on, I was starting to nod off until Dinoshark reappeared snatching a fallen hat from the water. This is probably one of the only things in the films favour. There are two or three very good scares. Even when you are expecting it the shock appearances startle.

The shark itself looks fearsome enough, the distance shots are good and the extreme close ups work well, with biting and blood and guts in equal measures.

Perhaps if I had not seen the masterpiece that is “Sharktopus” first I might be able to be a little more forgiving towards this low budget monster movie, but its predecessor set the bench mark. Maybe this shark does need to evolve a bit more.

Dinoshark is out now on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment. It has a ‘15’ certificate, a running time of 90 minutes approx, and a RRP of £9.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com  

 

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