Ally Hayden is a teenager who shares her father's interest in dinosaurs and archaeology. When he brings a mysterious fossil back from a dig, she is convinced it's the egg of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. After accidentally knocking the egg to the floor, Ally begins to experience visions, as if she was being transported back in time to the Cretaceous period. There, she encounters several different dinosaurs, including her favorite, the mighty T-Rex.
Drooling and menacing, the monsters of the Mesozoic are on the march in this brief, enjoyable dip into paleontology, teen-age adventure and parent-child relationships. Seen in 3-D and set against the lush ferns, moss and ancient trees of the Olympic rain forest in the state of Washington, these creatures seem marvelously lifelike. Its time-tripping story takes the viewer to a paleontological dig, raises unanswered scientific questions and introduces some of the major figures in the history of the subject. -- Lawrence Van Gelder
1998-10-23 | Lawrence Van Gelder | Read the New York Times Review of T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous