Anonymous Rex (2004)





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Based on Casual Rex, one of a series of lighthearted fantasy novels by Eric Garcia, the made-for-cable Anonymous Rex would have us believe that not all dinosaurs were rendered exinct 65 million years ago. The survivors dinos had gone into hiding, gradually re-emerging in human form courtesy of a special holographic process. In fact, one out of every ten thousand "humans" is actually a well-assimilated dinosaur, and among these are a pair of private eyes: Ernie Watson (Daniel Baldwin) and Vincent Rubio (Sam Trammell), respectively a raptor and a triceratops. Hired to investigate the "accidental" death of the son of one of Ernie's old girlfriends, the two lizardy gumshoes stumble upon a cult called the Voice of Progress, comprised of fanatical dinosaurs who want to wipe out all humans and take over the world. Things take a serious turn when one of the two detectives is killed, and Ernie's daughter Gabrielle (Stephanie Nicole Lemelin) is kidnapped. Although the special effects are nothing to write home about, the film scores with its wry, knowing humor, likening the plight of the disguised dinos to those people in real life who must "pass" as something they're not (there's even a scene at a nocturnal dino club which looks more like a reptilian gay bar). Anonymous Rex debuted December 4, 2004 on the Sci-Fi Channel.
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Daniel Baldwin
as Ernie Watson
Sam Trammell
as Vince Rubio
Isaac Hayes
as Elegant Man
Kim Lee
as Dooley Chang
Simon Reynolds
as Mr. Hoon
Stephanie Nicole Lemelin
as Gabrielle Watson
Anna Silk
as Keri
Susannah Hoffman
as Mrs. Hoon
Maxwell Uretsky
as Hoon Boy
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Lots of potential, and it almost works until the end. Not the best effects, and we don't get too see the dinosaur forms enough, but the characters are interesting and the plot is overall good. It eventually goes in the wrong direction though, and the end is very lacking. It might of worked as a series, if it was done a bit better, but otherwise it's a nice little television gem.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

I really kind of enjoyed this. Not what I was expecting at all. The idea of dinosaurs surviving and living among people raises many questions, none of which go answered. It brings about familiarities with Men in Black and Alien Nation. Luckily, it falls into a weird void of comedic, cheesy, sci-fi noir. Our protagonist is one of these dinosaurs used to "silence" human witnesses. Immediately this causes a lot of interest, as we have a character that essentially kills humans, most of whom are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. At the same time the film does well to make us empathise with their plight. He is also a private detective, which leads to some rather knowing voice-overs. The best thing is that he is a conflicted character, one that kind of believes that the dinosaurs should stop living in the shadows, and rise up against the humans. Obviously the effects aren't up to much and they will generate chuckles. The science is out the window, just go with it. This will be a great film for B Movie fans, as it doesn't take itself too seriously, but doesn't hide its shortcomings with over-the-top winks at the camera. I also enjoyed the techniques employed for the dinosaur destruction flashback (using toys), and the visual representations to the different pheromones.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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Apparently, this film was made to pilot a TV series on the old FX channel. It is also based on a series of popular books, which I was not aware of. I purchased this DVD, as I believe Sam Trammell to be a brilliant actor who has continually made interesting choices in his career. As a dinosaur posing as a human, who is working as a private investigator, I found Sam (and his co-stars) to be charming, interesting, and believable. This is a film the entire family can watch, and find something to enjoy. I actually wish the series had been made, but alas we just have a small glimpse into the character, Vincent, that Sam portrays with such humor, humanity, and romanticism.

Mairsele Mayfaire
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