It should be no surprise that a movie about prehistoric "Sea Monsters" is action packed with lots of monster eating monster! The primary story however, is fun and exciting. Viewers follow the adventures of a female Dolichorhynchops from birth through the course of her life. "Doli", as this creature is soon nicknamed, escapes becoming shark dinner with only a large chunk missing from her fin and one remaining shark tooth stays with her throughout her life!
What I loved the most about watching this film was that the story was developed from actual fossils that have been discovered and studied by paleontologists. We were treated to a discussion with one of the paleontologists that worked with The National Geographic and The National Science Foundation as a consultant on the movie. The amount of research and detail that went into making this movie relate as close to scientific fact as is possible, is really quite amazing..... being that the story takes place hundreds of millions of years ago!
My kids LOVED the movie. Katherine, who is 4, was a little unsure about some of the more scary monster eating monster scenes, so it may not be best for the youngest of kiddos if they tend to get scared easily. There are lots of hunt and prey scenes packed with suspense, in fact the movie was originally set to be in 3-D. I think it packs a big enough punch just as it is, thank you very much! One must remember after all, that we are talking about hungry creatures the size of my house.
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Journey opens at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on September 18th. National Geographic has an excellent site (HERE) that introduces you to all the "cast of characters" with lots of wonderful information and pictures. If you have a dinosaur fan in your house this is MUST see!