Raptor (2002) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
For those who come to RAPTOR after having seen any of the CARNOSAUR trilogy will feel right at home—and that is not a good thing. RAPTOR is less a film that can stand on its own and more one that is a messy compilation of key scenes from all three. All of the above deal with JURASSIC PARK themes that relate to cloning dinosaur DNA to recreate such monsters so that in the words of RAPTOR’s resident villain Corbin Bernsen they can serve as intelligent aids to humanity or trusted super weapons. It is difficult to repress a smile at the naivete involved in accepting either absurd premise. Eric Roberts is a sheriff who investigates a series of killings made by some unknown feral animal. Melissa Brasselle is the busty beauty who persists in walking about in fetching outfits, thus suggesting that she is the real reason why anyone would watch this stinker. Corbin Bernsen plays a bad guy who blathers continually about how science will benefit regardless of how high the raptors body count reaches. And the real stars are the raptors who look nothing like raptors at all but more like micro T-Rexes manufactured by Mattel. If one to count the logical flubs and just plain silly plot contrivances, one might begin with the government’s decision to send in a team of SWAT soldiers wearing typical fatigues as uniforms. But then, inexplicably the government sends in a second team as a back up, this time wearing bright red jump suits, only because in one of the original CARNOSAUR versions there was such an orange team sent in and the director forgot to edit out the discrepency. Camera angles are used which give no sense of size or comparison. One can almost see the strings holding the raptor puppets up. The climactic battle between Roberts in an earth moving machine against one of the bigger dinosaurs is taken right from Sigourney Weaver in ALIENS, but in Roberts’ case his machine is clearly a shrunken device taken from the set of GODZILLA. What emerges by the end of RAPTOR is the sinking sensation that one has been snockered into wasting nearly two hours of one’s life on sheer stupidity.
About Raptor (2002)
Starring: Corbin Bernsen, Eric Roberts, Melissa Brasselle
Runtime: 81 minutes
Director: Jay Andrews