I haven't seen this cinematic masterpiece it since maybe 2014. However, I got into a conversation on Twitter and was inspired to get hold of a copy. So… let's watch this together, shall we?
Something happens in a water tower. Then opening credits, and the screed '24 hours earlier…' Oh goody, we're starting half-way through the film to get us interested, then jumping backwards.
A university bought some land off native Americans, but they claim they didn't know what they were getting into despite cashing the money. We also establish that a cop is divorcing his wife, and their daughter is smart but independent. So… the cop has to arrest his uncle at a protest, then lets the guy go and the uncle does some mystic magic crap and brings some dinosaur skeletons to life.
First, one skeleton destroys an excavation site. Then one (a Pteranodon) kills a couple of palaeontology students, then a tyrannosaur (I think; maybe an allosaur… does it matter? it's a freakin' living skeleton) kills some fraternity morons… Meanwhile, the cop and his ex go to save their daughter from the frat party. They see dead kids but that's okay because none are their daughter. Seriously, that's their attitude.
Nifty dramatic rotating camera shot! (How bad is a film when I get excited by a camera technique?)
The cop runs over one of the skeletons and it is destroyed, but then it reforms. Quick side note – they make noises, they can see and they track. They are skeletons with no autonomous nervous system or anything to vibrate to create noise or for light to reflect on so they can see…