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TRIASSIC ATTACK
2010 / Horror
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Directed by Colin Ferguson
Written by Russ Friedman and Tripp Reed
Starring Steven Brand, Kirsty Mitchell, Raoul Max Trujillo, Gabriel Womack, Emilia Clarke and Nathalie Buscombe

A Native American owner of a roadside museum accidentally brings to life three dinosaur fossils, which wreak havoc on the small town and the local university.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Curse
Triassic Attack (2010)
Review by Michael Mahoney

7 / 10
Look at the plot of this Syfy TV movie, and you can probably tell that it'll be bad. Awful, even. Which is what I thought when I first saw it some years back (probably around when it first aired). Seeing it again, though, I have to admit, I find the movie somewhat, well, comforting.

The strong point here isn't in the CGI dinosaur skeletons which are causing all the havoc, as they are just overly ridiculous and nonsensical (how can a skeleton growl without throat muscles, or sniff, for that matter?). In a way, it a fun concept - a Native American spell brings the bones to life as a way to protest traditionally tribal land, but come on, the skeletons look terrible.

What appealed to me about Triassic Attack were the characters. There's some retroactive appreciation here, to be sure - one of the stars is Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen in the ultra-popular series Game of Thrones. Seeing the Mother of Dragons play a moderately bratty teenage girl isn't something I got to experience the first time I saw the film, and that certainly adds a little something.

Even ignoring Clarke, though, there are some solid performances here, such as Steven Brand (who consistently reminded me of Ben McKenzie) and Raoul Max Trujillo. Christopher Villiers and Garbiel Womack made for fine comedic characters, but Kirsty Mitchell was somewhat shaky throughout.

The family dynamics between Brand, Mitchell, Clarke, and Trujillo actually got me invested, though, despite the silly story. One brother who believes in traditional Native American religions and another who is much more the modern, integrated one made for some good drama. And I don't know why, exactly, but it worked.

If you look online, many people give this movie quite a low rating, and I can certainly see why people would give it such, especially since I used to be one of them. But I found Triassic Attack entertaining, probably more entertaining than I should have. The question is, would this be a movie I'd buy on DVD and pop in on a rainy night to watch, and the answer is yes. It's not one of Syfy's better offers, but I cannot deny that I enjoyed it, and ultimately, that's all that matters.
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