Dinosaur Island

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Uneven time-travel adventure has peril, mild violence.

NR 2015 82 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 7+

Great for Dino lovers

Just watched this with my 5 1/2 year old. He loves dinosaurs and pretending they are eating each other. This movie had just the right amount of dinosaurs acting realistically but no gore. (Similar action/scary scenes as “How to train your dragon”) However he didn’t understand the concept of time travel so didn’t get the plot. There is a number of very brief sophisticated dialogues about geology and palaeontology but then rephrased in every day language, otherwise the majority of the language was aimed at junior audiences which made it a little precocious from an adults perspective. We will probably watch it again for the great dino scenes but won’t be a regular family favourite.
age 7+

Well meaning and well made kids adventure.

It’s paced well, doesn’t drag, remains interesting and although heavier on the science than most kids films, simple to follow. It has fantasy elements too, obviously, as it involves time travel and unexplained phenomena. The acting and performances are adequate and easy to understand. Clear and uncluttered so kids will follow what is happening easily enough. It’s just a fine, classic kids adventure film. It’s low budget, but doesn’t come across cheap and doesn’t try to do more than it can. The effects and action scenes are effective, perhaps frightening for some children, perhaps even of the age I’ve recommended. There’s also something else here that I found refreshing. A positive message on learning, burden of proof and that learning how to get answers is just as, if not more, important than the answer. There is also a good dynamic between the characters in that each one has strength in their field of knowledge, one in palaeontology and the other in Geology, but whilst it shows that nobody can or has to be knowledgeable in everything, combining that knowledge can take you further. According to the production, they took great pains to make the prehistoric creatures as accurate as possible based on the evidence available, from the way Pterosaurs walked to theropod dinosaurs having feathers - yes, that includes T Rex. To close, there’s a nice exchange between the two when cornered by a T Rex that goes something like this: “It can’t see us if we don’t move” “Where did you hear that nonsense? Run!”

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