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The Rise and Fall of T-Rex

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Brief, poorly edited docu has some violent images.

Movie NR 2015 15 minutes
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This short docu about the Tyrannosaurus rex feels slapped together -- perhaps part of another, larger project -- and uses lots of cobbled-together and dated visual material. If The Rise and Fall of T-Rex was a full-length and committed documentary, with a clear introduction, an attempt at beginning, middle, and end, and maybe a consistent tone of voice, it might be essential viewing for any younger viewer just getting into all things T-Rex. But as it is, presentation- and production-wise, it feels like a poorly edited YouTube clip.

There are, however, bits of fun knowledge here and there. For example, of all the meat-eating dinosaurs, the T-Rex had the biggest brain. The only thing that ate the T-Rex was another T-Rex. Iridium is rare on earth but common in comets and asteroids. The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was 6 miles across, and it slammed into earth at a speed of 80,000 miles per hour. Dino-obsessed kids who like to collect facts might enjoy this brief movie.

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