Dinosaur 13

CNN Films

In 1990, some people found a dinosaur. A pretty big one. Then they dug it up.

Obviously there’s more to the story that Dinosaur 13 wants to tell, but that’s a pretty cool start regardless of what happens next. The documentary from Todd Miller focuses on Susan Hendrickson and the Tyrannosaurus rex she found — the largest, best preserved in history — and the struggle that ensues when something groundbreaking happens. As it turns out, doing something massively important attracts all kinds of people who want to take credit for your discovery (or just the discovery itself).

Check out the trailer:

Looks to be a classic little guy versus big guy situation (so it could be retitled Batman v Superman).

Although, reviews out of Sundance were mixed. Kate had this to say her in review:

While Miller certainly has a compelling story on his hands, and Dinosaur 13 has more than enough material and players to paw through, the film is bogged down with an overabundance of both unnecessary material and players. Filled with talking heads that add little to the actual story at hand, Dinosaur 13 too often strays from the meat and emotion of its story, bogging down the entire thing and detracting from its power.”

Regardless of the middling reputation, the subject matter is compelling enough to make it intriguing. At least for all of us who grew up drooling over Science Camp and cheering like mad at Jeff Goldblum waving a flare around foolishly.

Dinosaur 13 is in theaters August 15th.

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