This interesting yet at times fragmented documentary transports viewers
200 million years back in time to the world of gigantic marine reptiles.
While the dinosaurs ruled the land, massive underwater creatures ruled
the seas such as the Liopleurodon and the Ophthalmosaurus. These were
the Rex of the ocean as the viewer is taken on an educational journey
from the birth of these creatures to their death. Sea Rex: Journey to
a Prehistoric World also starts like a mystery as a group of French
palaeontologists attempt to identify an ancient skull in the late
1700's. Welcome to an interesting IMAX experience.
Unlike some of the more recent IMAX
documentaries revolving dinosaurs, Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric
World targets the younger audience as we follow Julie (Chloe
Hollings), a young woman filled with imagination and wonder as she is
joined by the "ghost" of Georges Cuvier (Richard Rider), the father of
palaeontology. Cuvier is the scientific face of this documentary who
explains the various stages of when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, more
specifically the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, explaining
the evolution of these ancient marine reptiles and even where mankind
fits into the big picture. Although the content is quite understandable
and interesting, the presentation of Sea Rex seems a little too
disjointed as it swaps and changes between time periods and content.
To compound this situation, the CGI seems a
little dated, especially when compared to the recently released Flying
Monsters 3D at IMAX. Nonetheless, kids will enjoy this presentation,
especially the strong use of the 3D which does look quite spectacular at
times, especially seeing the giant fish-like Shonisaurus or the
Dakosaurus, an ancient relative of the crocodile. However for those
mature movie goers, Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World is a
little on the basic side and some (myself included) will find the
disjointed presentation a little annoying.