Movie Review: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

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Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Summary

One year after the events of the second film, Manny and Ellie are married and expecting their first child. Manny is determined to make life perfect and safe for both Ellie and the baby, as he doesn’t want them to suffer the same fate as his previous family. At the same time, Diego debates whether he should leave the herd because he thinks that he’s losing his edge as a hunter and isn’t meant for the family life. Sid begins to wish for a family of his own and adopts three apparently abandoned eggs that he finds in an icy cave. Manny tells him to put them back, but Sid ignores him and looks after the eggs, which hatch into baby Tyrannosaurus rex the next morning.

Although Sid tries his best to raise the three dinosaurs, their rambunctious behavior scares away all the younger animals and ruins the playground Manny built for his child, angering Manny. Not long after, a female Tyrannosaurus rex, whose laid the eggs that Sid stole, returns and carries both Sid and her young underground, with Diego in pursuit. Manny, Ellie, Crash and Eddie follow as well and discover that the icy cave leads to a vast subterranean jungle populated by dinosaurs thought to be extinct. Here, an angry Ankylosaurus threatens The Herd despite Diego’s efforts to fend it off. Then they are saved from a further crowd of angry reptiles by a deranged, quick-witted, one-eyed weasel named Buck.

Buck reveals that has been living in this jungle for quite some time and is fighting Rudy, a huge fearsome, ill-tempered and hostile albino Baryonyx feared by the inhabitants of the jungle, intending to avenge the eye he lost to it years prior during an ill-fated encounter. He agrees to lead The Herd through the jungle’s perils to Lava Falls, where the mother T-rex has taken Sid and her babies. In the meantime, Sid and the mother T-Rex try to outdo each other in feeding the offsprings; Sid loses this contest but is welcomed into the family regardless. The next day, however, Sid is separated from the t-rex’s and attacked by Rudy. Sid is knocked onto a loose rock slab that is floating on a river of lava and about to plummet over the falls.

As The Herd moves toward Lava Falls, Ellie suddenly goes into labor and a Guanlong pack strikes, causing a rock slide that separates her from Manny and Diego. While Manny makes his way up to her, Diego assists in the delivery and fends off further attacks. Meanwhile, Buck takes Crash and Eddie to rescue Sid. Just as he goes over the falls, the trio swoops in on a commandeered Harpactognathus, narrowly saving Sid’s life. Manny reaches Ellie just in time to hear the cry of a newborn baby girl. The couple agree to name the baby “Peaches”. Sid is saddened at the fact that he never had a chance to say goodbye to the T-rex children as he returns to The Herd and learns of Peaches’ birth.

Before they can leave the jungle, they are ambushed by Rudy, who begins to attack them at full force. Working together Manny, Sid, Diego, and Buck manage to trap Rudy by ensnaring him in vines. However, he quickly breaks free and resumes his onslaught. The Herd is saved by the timely arrival of the mother T-Rex, who charges at Rudy and knocks him off a cliff where he falls to his apparent demise. As she and her children wish Sid well, Buck, now without a purpose in life since Rudy is gone, decides to join The Herd and live on the surface. However, a distant roar tells him that Rudy is still alive. Because of this he changes his mind and sends The Herd home, blocking off the path to the underground jungle by severing the vines supporting a skeleton bridge that causes a cave-in at the same time. Manny and Ellie welcome Peaches into their frozen world and Manny admits to Sid that he did a good job looking after the dino children. Diego decides to remain with The Herd, while Buck stays underground, happily battling with Rudy.

In a subplot, while looking for his beloved acorn, Scrat encounters a female flying sabertooth squirrel named Scratte, whom he falls in love with. Scratte battles with over his acorn when he finds she has it. The battle continues until they go though the ground and enter the dinosaur world where they continue their fight. Scrat and Scratte, who have fallen in love with one another after Scrat saved her from falling into lava, decide to live in the jungle together. Unfortunately, Scrat’s greed for his precious acorn overcomes his newfound romance with Scratte, and he ultimately chooses the acorn over her (along with getting tired of her bossy ways). The two battle once more for the acorn, which results Scrat being accidentally launched back to the surface while Scratte falls back in the dinosaur world. Scrat taunts her about the acorn, but once again loses it after a large piece of ice knocks it out of his hands. The movie ends with Scrat viciously screaming in frustration.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Another fun Ice Age film for the whole family.

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