I Am T-Rex review by Bobby Blakey
While most noted for Asian cinema and a variety of horror flicks, Well Go USA has released their share of animated features as well. The latest, I Am T-Rex from directors Cai Shangming and Chen Silin, but could it bring something to the prehistoric world that is worth checking out or will it beg for extinction?
I Am T-Rex follows a power-hungry dinosaur from outside the valley who attacks the king of dinosaurs by surprise. A young T-Rex escapes and begins to train, vowing never to return until he is the biggest and bravest in all the land and finally strong enough to challenge the evil Fang and restore peace to Green Valley.
I love dinosaurs so a chance to see a new feature had me instantly interested. I expected it to be more of a kid flick so kept my expectations lowered. To my surprise while it is an all ages film it is pretty violent in the varying dino fights throughout. Mind you it isn’t bloody or anything, but does sport numerous deaths and dinosaur chomping galore.
The story is simple enough with hints that reminded me of aspects of the Lion King and while it works fine isn’t overly exciting most of the time. It drags for a decent chunk of its run time only breaking it up when they get into more teeth and tail action. While it might be a bit slow it still works thanks to the beautiful animation and look of the dinos.
Where this film really falls flat for me is the voices. I know it sounds silly, but outside of the young ones the voices just didn’t match and felt off. This is a personal issue and I know others may not care one way or another. The end
finally steps things up, but then seems to end kind of abruptly. Despite its flaws I still found it entertaining enough to enjoy just getting to see dinosaurs doing their thing.
Decide for yourself and check out I Am T-Rex available now on Blu-ray and DVD