With JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM out, leave it to The Asylum to give us TRIASSIC WORLD. Here, the resurrected dinosaurs are rampaging through a lab, not an island. They’re also menacing a much smaller cast. But apart from those little details, it’s all the same right?
The scientists at Jurassic Labs, (yes I know, why not Triassic?), have managed to bring dinosaurs back from extinction. But not for anything as silly as an amusement park. They intend to use them to grow human organs for transplants. Of course, the creatures get loose and start snacking on the facility’s personnel. Adding to the survivor’s problems is a security measure known as “Code 4” which will flood the lab with a lethal gas after two hours if the creatures aren’t killed or recaptured.
Overlooking the obvious questions about using reptiles to grow organs for humans, who happen to be mammals. And why dangerous predatory reptiles at that, TRIASSIC WORLD is actually one of the better films to come out of The Asylum. I know that’s not saying a hell of a lot, but it’s better than nothing.
The CGI monsters for once aren’t a joke and some of the scenes look like practical effects might have been used as well. There’s some decent gore including a head being torn off that keep the proceedings interesting. There’s even some reasonably good attempts at building suspense along the way.
The acting, while nothing special, is at least convincing, something of a rarity in Asylum films. Interestingly there’s a lot of crossover between the cast of TRIASSIC WORLD and the last Asylum film I reviewed, FLIGHT 666. Why the quality of the acting varies so much between the films is a bit of a mystery to me.
By no means a classic, and not really worth going out of your way to see, TRIASSIC WORLD is a good enough way to kill some time. It’s currently available on VOD and DVD with streaming VOD available Sep 19th.