|"9" vspace="5" alt="T-REX">|
(c) IMAX Corporation.
A Tyrranosaur reacts to Ally (Liz Strauber) in "T-REX: Back to the Cretaceous."
The film stars Peter Horton ("thirtysomething") as archeologist Donald Hayden and newcomer Liz Strauber as his daughter Ally, who longs to follow in her father's footsteps. While excavating in Canada, Donald finds a dinosaur egg and brings it back to his office where Ally unwittingly unleashes something within the egg.
Unlike many IMAX? 3-D movies, "T-REX" strikes a good balance between the 3-D special effects and huge expanses that make a great IMAX? film. Panoramic scenery towers over the viewer from Canadian landscapes and Washington State forests (that double as post-Jurassic vistas) to the shadowy hallways of a darkened museum.
The 3-D images are just as excellent. Filmmakers worked with L-Squared Entertainment and Blue Sky/VIFX Studio to create larger-than-life prehistoric creates that jump right out of the screen. The storyline moves along at a slow pace, and many times effects are sacrificed for the sake of plot. But "T-REX" towers over its documentarian predecessors for pure enjoyment.