T-Rex: Back To The Cretaceous

  • 1998
  • 35 MIN
  • NR
  • Adventure, Children's, Drama

Dynamite 3-D dinosaurs invade an "Afterschool Special"-style story about teenager Ally (Liz Stauber) and her quest to make her divorced dad, world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Donald Hayden (Peter Horton), pay attention to her. Ally, a budding paleontologist herself, desperately wants to join her dad on one of his periodic fossil expeditions, but instead...read more

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Dynamite 3-D dinosaurs invade an "Afterschool Special"-style story about teenager Ally (Liz Stauber) and her quest to make her divorced dad, world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Donald Hayden (Peter Horton), pay attention to her. Ally, a budding

paleontologist herself, desperately wants to join her dad on one of his periodic fossil expeditions, but instead finds herself working as a tour guide at the Museum of Natural History and spinning theories about the parental predilections of T-Rexes in school science reports. Paying an after-hours

visit to dad at the museum, the over-imaginative Ally is overcome while looking at the dinosaur dioramas, and finds herself in the Cretaceous swamps (as any 9-year-old will be pleased to tell you, a real Jurassic park would be crawling with small-time dinosaurs; the E-ticket creatures were the

evolutionary end of the line, products of the late-Cretaceous period), where she sees a variety of prehistoric life fighting, feeding and flying. Ally's imagination doesn't extend to having her liver eaten by pterodactyls, and her close encounter with the mama T-Rex she discovers jealously

guarding a clutch of eggs from predators may strike the field-tripping youngsters likely to make up the majority of this film's audience as a bit touchy-feely. But director Brett Leonard comes out of mainstream features (THE LAWNMOWER MAN, VIRTUOSITY) rather than documentary, and keeps the action

moving at a smoothly professional clip, even when it consists of Dr. Hayden and a guard rushing around the deserted museum shouting "Ally, Ally -- where are you?" And at the risk of sounding repetitious, the dinosaurs really are fabulous.

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Dynamite 3-D dinosaurs invade an "Afterschool Special"-style story about teenager Ally (Liz Stauber) and her quest to make her divorced dad, world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Donald Hayden (Peter Horton), pay attention to her. Ally, a budding paleontologi… (more)

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