You should never let me near a place where you can buy movies because I always end up with productions from The Asylum. And in all honesty, I appreciate them a lot. Not all of them of course, but there's a few good ones here and there - Hansel & Gretel starring the great Dee Wallace Stone is one for example. There's probably written in the law that movies starring Treat Williams is worth watching and I can agree on that. He's awesome. He might be grandpa Treat Williams nowadays, but that can't take away his natural charisma and excellent delivery of one-liners. Not that Age of Dinosaurs gives him a fantastic character to work with, but he's a pro and he knows how to breath life into flat dialogue and underwritten characters.
In all fairness, Age of Dinosaurs is not bad at all. It's cheap, stupid and silly - but they've seemed to have put more time into actually making it visually attractive, there's less flat scenes than usual and a fun cast - who also includes Ronny Cox (damn, he's old nowadays - still great though!). The lack of a decent story is also one of the best things with Age of Dinosaurs, it's just entertainment - just something to watch and forget. And that's not a bad thing.
Ronny Cox is a multibillionaire who wants to sell dinosaurs all over the world - to parks, sport events, weddings... yeah, he's not kidding around. He wants real, live, dinosaurs everywhere for the enjoyment of the masses. The dinos are controlled by... something, at least that what his scientists say, but during the first presentastion of this amazing project everything goes wrong and suddenly hundreds of dinosaurs is out on the streets of LA!
That's the story. Nothing more. Nada. And that's fine by me. The dinos stomping through downtown LA reminded me of Dragon Wars, but a LOT cheaper - but most of the movie is set inside the building where Treat Williams is on the hunt for his lost teenage daughter - and at the same time the LAPD decides to go inside and take down the critters. It's like Die Hard, but with dinosaurs. (distributors, feel free to quote me).
Deep inside I'm just a ten year old who loves monsters and dinosaurs and that's the reason why I like this movie. It's not smart, the effects are so-so (they even have a puppet head dinosaur!), the story is non-existent and it's just fodder for a sleepy brain. The thing is I wasn't bored. I loved watching Treat Williams beating a dinosaur to death with a plank, I love the outrageous zero-budget blockbuster-scenes at the end. I love that The Asylum as usual dares to be so fucking cocky! They have little money, but instead of trying to work the movie after the budget they just use the budget to do what it says in the script - no matter how bizarre and big and seemingly expensive.
No, this is no big art. This is good old DTV trash, but it's fun and that's what matter in the end.