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T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous (1998)

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      07.08.2001 20:56
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      T-Rex: Back to the cretaceous was the first film I saw in 3D at an Imax cinema, and I found that this one was better because of its special effects. Although the actual film wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, I liked it because of the way the dinosaurs would come right in your face. At the beginning we see the countryside and then go to see some archaeologists digging in what looks to be the middle of nowhere. Then we go back to a museum in London where a girl is in a room where her father works. She goes missing in the museum, when she finds a door opening into a rainforest she walks through finding herself back to the cretaceous. Whilst her father is searching for her, the girl is struggleing to believe that she is in a world of dinosaurs. She becomes scared and wonders whether or not she will survive. The graphics are exellent, and although the storyline isn't exactly exciting, it is worth watching just for the special effects. I enjoyed the film and if you go and see it I hope you will too.

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        18.07.2001 02:57
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        I took my daughter to the Museum of Photography Film And Television recently, she's only 4 but I thought she would enjoy going and booked some tickets for us to watch the "T-REX - Back To The Cretaceous" IMAX Film. She loved the museum itself, but if I had known how scary the film was beforehand I would not have taken her in with me. To start with, the Imax screen is impressive, the sheer size really has an effect compared to the usual cinema screen. We wore large "glasses" which looked big on me but on my daughter were HUGE!! These glasses basically convert what is a slightly blurred image to the naked eye into a 3d image with the glasses. The beginning of the film starts brightly enough with a scrolling, panning over hills and countryside until arriving at the present day digging of a group of Archaelogists. This turns out to be a dream of the daughter of the man who studies dinosaurs. Anyway, she eventually goes "missing" within the museum where her dad works which even for my imagination is a bit silly, and ends up in the past with a bunch of T rex. The film effects are fantastic, granted, but I myself was quite shocked by the viciousness of how the T Rex appeared, even allowing for the fact that they are meat eaters and not supposed to smile at us and say "have a nice day"....... the music and sound were also very spooky, particularly when the girl goes missing,while her father "searches" for her in the museum, she ends up meeting a man who hails from the past who studies dinosaurs........bit far fetched if you ask me but anyway, eventually theres a scene wher the T REX eggs are being attacked by a group of smaller predators, she hides in the nest and manages to stay safe even though coming nose to nose with a T-REX before coming back to the present day, showing the destruction of the dinosaurs. Her father finds her and she finished her school project which includes a drawing helped presum
        ably by the man she "met" while in the past. All in all a disappointing film, you feel that they went for maximum special effects at the expense of story. The leaflet I looked at afterwards had some small print which said although the films were classed as "U" that they may be unsuitable for small children....I was not told this before hand when booking over the telephone and did not get to see the leaflet until it was too late. I would NOT recommend children under 6 to see this film, my Aimee was ok and I repeatedly asked her if she wanted to leave during the film but she wanted to carry on watching, It was a decision I made on balance but afterwards I was worried she would have nightmares due to the extreme special effects of the T REX/spooky music. Thankfully this was not the case, perhaps due to us doing lots of different and enjoyable activities after watching the film which took her thoughts away from the film. Great effects, you feel at times that you can reach out and touch a leaf of a tree as the camera pans across at the beginning, but not one I would choose to watch again.

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