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Dinosaur 13

Dinosaur 13

Genders: Adventure, Drama, Documentary

Director: Todd Douglas Miller

Writer:

Actors: Stan Adelstein, Lanice Archer, Robert Bakker, Philip Currie

Year: 2014
Run time: 95min
IMDB score: 7.4
Updated: 2 years ago

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Movie name: Dinosaur 13

Genders: Adventure, Drama, Documentary

Imdb Score: 7.4

Runtime: 95min

Released: 15 Aug 2014

Director: Todd Douglas Miller

Writer:

Actors: Stan Adelstein, Lanice Archer, Robert Bakker, Philip Currie

Company: Lionsgate Films

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A must watch for dinosaur lovers and the truth

10/10 This is a must watch for anyone interested in dinosaurs and perfect for college courses.

This documentary is definitely a roller coaster not like other documentaries as you learn from the hero's, the villains and you learn about corrupt law.

I went and seen sue in Chicago and this definitely wasn't the story they have on Sue, so I recommend to anyone who has seen this amazing T.Rex to watch this documentary and find out how Sue nearly didn't come to the public eye, and how much of a struggle the true owners went through trying to keep her were she belonged.

I wish all the best to the Larson Family.

2 years ago

Wonderfully Scripted Documentary

10/10 This is by far one of the most touching documentaries that I have ever seen. A story about the Larson family, who put their heart, sweat and blood into finding and unearthing one of the most dominant dinosaur's in the world. It goes to show that the Government can never be trusted, and for Mr. Larson to not be invited to the opening of Sue in the Chicago Museum is an absolute insult to Palaeontology. McDonald's the obesity king and Walt Disney teamed up and acquired Sue for a Whopping 7.6 Million Dollars. To know that you put everything you have into something and have it taken from you just crushes me. I hope Mr. Larson that one day you discover a 90% intact T-Rex and have it displayed in South Dakota. I wish you and your team all the best.

Cheers.

2 years ago

Dinosaur 13 - Incredible Documentary

10/10 I have continually had the conversation that we live in a beautiful era for documentaries that push narratives and transcend what audiences previously believed a documentary could do. I am reinforced in this belief by a handful of films that I've seen, but another such film, Dinosaur 13, will now join those ranks.

Exposing us to a narrative that few people know, Dinosaur 13 is a roller coaster of a story in the best way possible. What starts as a humble yet passionate following of a group of paleontologists becomes a conflict that is bigger than they could ever expect. I don't want to give any part of the film away because there are so many twists and turns in this story. It is documentaries like this that make me question why even bother with writing stories when there are great ones like this that are more compelling than fiction. I will highlight a few things that I resonated with. First, this is a film about small town USA, in this case Hill City, SD (in close proximity to the Badlands), and the power of community in places like this, both in good times and bad times. Secondly, this is a film about passionate people. The subjects of the film, notably Peter Larson, the paleontologist who is the primary focus, but also the many other folks involved, all share a beautiful love of what they do. Despite all adversity, carrying passion and optimism is a beautiful thing to watch.

From a craft standpoint, the film is greatly benefited due to a high quantity of archival footage. Had these events transpired 20 years before, home videos would not have been commonplace and it would have to rely more on reenactments and interviews, but instead a good amount of the film actually uses footage, along with some reenactments and some fantastic interviews.

I am blown away by this story and look forward to watching it again in theaters. Paleontology is essentially the study of history and uncovering the truth in the past: Dinosaur 13 has done the same for this powerful story that should be heard by all. 10/10

2 years ago

A Punch to the Stomach

8/10 Dinosaur 13 is quite riveting and heart wrenching. Where to begin but to single out the nefarious behavior of the U.S. Federal government? It was mind boggling to watch the dubious legal gymnastics they performed to indict paleontologists who just made an incredible discovery contributing to human civilization. At some point you find yourself condemning all involved - from South Dakota AG Scheiffer to the FBI to the ridiculous waste of sending in the National Guard to Judge Battey's unconscionable behavior. Only the jury (except for one juror) had sense - as immoral actors who in the end had nothing to show for their mean spirited actions except to send one of the Larson brothers to prison; for an asinine two years for 'failing to fill out paper work'. Just one notch under the belt of why we should be skeptical of government not acting in good faith in the interest of the people as this can happen to anyone. Literally, they can find anything to throw people in prison for. The documentary, one could argue, essentially displayed one side as merely contributing something of worthwhile and the other as nothing more than an entity of abusing power to nobody's gain. The sad part in all this is this group of people discovered 'Sue' and will never be properly accredited. As if this wasn't enough, in one final slap to their faces, Larson wasn't invited to 'Sue's' unveiling. That said a lot about the people at the Chicago Museum. Notably, they lack a soul too. This is my opinion. See for yourself.

2 years ago

The Dear Zachary of DinoDocs.

8/10 In 1990 palaeontologist Pete Larson and his team excavated the 13th T-Rex skeleton discovered so far. It was the largest and most complete specimen yet. Todd Douglas Miller's Dinosaur 13, which premiered at Sundance, explores the consequences of those involved with the dinosaur nicknamed "Sue" as the FBI seized her bones because of ownership disputes, where they sat in storage for nearly 10 years.

It's a film that belongs in a 'thriller documentary' subgenre that's emerged in the past few years with films such as Man On Wire, The Imposter and Blackfish. They're emotionally charged examinations of tragic events and their use of tension is often enthralling. Bias or not, they make for terrific cinema. For its whiplash style, personal elements and condemnation of injustice, Dinosaur 13 is the Dear Zachary of DinoDocs, if not quite as overwhelming.

The first 25 minutes are the highlight and ostensibly the high point of everyone's lives before things got complicated. It documents the discovery and extraction of Sue with stunningly convenient archive footage shot at the time to paint a vivid picture. The palpable excitement of the scientists is contagious. Everyone has an intimate relationship with Sue. It captures the urgency of palaeontology as they justify that nature deteriorates fossils, which is something rarely considered. The doc wraps you up in the race to uncover Earth's past.

However, the film struggles to focus on a particular person, even though it ends up on Pete Larson. He's rarely a figure of discussion until the last part of the documentary. But even though it's so scattered, it exudes the camaraderie of the fossil enthusiasts from experts to amateurs. It's wonderful to watch the whole town of Black Hills come and see Sue's skull with a sense of wonder.

As director Miller builds and builds this joy, it's painful to watch when doom inevitably comes crashing down. They even have footage of the FBI and protesters shaming them, including children. It feels Spielberg-esque in line with E.T.'s crisis. But its sentiment does not come cheaply, despite teary-eyed interviews. The film is very thick and fast with its events, giving as much exposition as possible with quick text on screen. Sometimes too quick to digest, but you get a feel for it.

The portrait of injustice that Miller paints is infuriating, and he evidently has an anti- Government bias due to this situation. The film has been criticised for its manipulation in this regard, but in documentary filmmaking that's part and parcel. Yes, it does try and wring sympathy for the scientists and you could argue that it's not earned, but that's not what engages me. It illuminates a devastating folly of man that we can't work together for progress and it's all about claim to fame.

It develops into a grand custody battle of who owns Sue between Native American Reservations, Maurice Williams a man who bought the bones originally, the Government, and those who found her. The latter take the hardest punch. The film becomes a courtroom drama as they're accused of theft and multitude of crimes due to doing business with something that they didn't know they couldn't claim. There are horrific technicalities that make your blood boil and the film is constantly acknowledging the ridiculous nature of it all.

It's a wilfully abrasive film, peculiar as its events folded not 15 years ago and it's all over something that's already millions of years old. It's attractively shot in the interviews and short re-enactments, although its low budget shows in those moments. Granted, that just reveals Miller's creativity on set. Perhaps it could've slowed down the pace a few times just to feel more in the moment or to get closer to its subjects, but with such ground to cover I can see why it's so eager. The cinematic score with violins makes it feel like a blockbuster treat, with a little reference to The Assassination of Jesse James by its close. Dinosaur 13 is an engrossing doc with a big achy heart.

8/10

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2 years ago