Kingdom of the Dinosaurs (2022)

In 2030, World War III is wiping out most of humanity, save for a small group of survivors who make it into a bunker. Two years later, they decide to head out into the wasteland, but of course, dinosaurs are waiting for them.

Originally called Jurassic Valley, this movie follows those survivors — Daniel (Clint Gordon), Louise (Chelsea Greenwood), Drew (Mark Haldor), Mia (Antonia Whillans) — as they try and make it in the future world. Louise is already pregnant with Daniel’s child, so she’s worried that leaving the safety of their base is a bad idea. Well, she’s right.

Directed and written by Scott Jeffrey (Jurassic IslandExorcist Vengeance, Dinosaur Hotel, Hatched), this has big ideas and a budget that is in no way ready to bring that vision to life. It does have some CGI dinosaurs that work, many that don’t and a cast larger than you’d expect for the money.

Believe it or not, this is better than Jurassic World Dominion. That’s not the highest of bars, but this makes it through its commitment and also the fact that it isn’t content to just be one movie, it also has Louise go into labor during a dinosaur attack, kind of like A Quiet Place and somewhere the ghost of Bruno Mattei is smiling and saying, “Yes, yes, why take from one movie when you can take from two?”

Kingdom of the Dinosaurs is available on demand and on DVD from Uncork’d Entertainment.

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