"A But Too Bloody and Uninspiring"
What You Need To Know:
65 is an engaging movie to watch for moviegoers interested in epic battle scenes between humans and dinosaurs. Aside from that, it’s hard to care about these two characters, because the movie reveals so little about them or why they’re fighting, because their families are dead. 65 isn’t a very inspiring movie. MOVIEGUIDE® also advises extreme caution because of some extreme action violence, bloody scenes and scary images of dangerous dinosaurs.
In 65, a science fiction thriller, an asteroid hits an interstellar spaceship, which crash lands on Earth 65 million years ago, and the pilot must battle deadly dinosaurs to keep himself and the only other survivor, a 9-year-old girl, alive.
The opening scenes shows Commander Mills (Adam Driver) with his wife and daughter Nevine (Chloe Coleman) having a nice family day on some beach. It’s quickly established his daughter is sick and needs a lifesaving medical procedure to get better. Mills agrees to pilot a two-year interstellar mission to get a paycheck big enough to help his daughter.
Where is he going? What illness does his daughter have? Where do he and his family live? These questions are never answered, and the movie begins with the one word that seems to follow it throughout, confusing.
As Mills pilots the spaceship, he watches home videos of his daughter at home, telling him how much she loves and misses him, while also begging him to come home soon. Then, she dies. Next, the plane crashes. Mills was fighting for his daughter, but now she is gone. Also, what about his wife? No idea. The movie never mentions her again.
Mills looks around and notices all the passengers are dead. He is injured and dejected. He is almost ready to just give up himself when he runs into Koa, a young girl about his daughter’s age who has also survived. Koa is from a different place so she doesn’t speak the same language as Mills, and they can’t communicate with words. However, Mills can’t just let this young girl die.
The two begin their journey, venturing into the dangerous prehistoric lands, filled with deadly meat-eating dinosaurs. They also encounter large bugs, falling rocks and quicksand. In addition, Mills’ gun, the only true source of protection they have, doesn’t always work in time. However, they must get to the ship’s escape pod before being eaten by dinosaurs or falling asteroids, that are periodically in the distance.
Throughout these intense action scenes, Mills reveals that Koa’s family has died. Okay, so why are we watching this movie again? After Koa learns this, she’s very upset with Mills, but later must save him from a dangerous dinosaur.
65 is an engaging movie to watch for moviegoers interested in epic battle scenes between humans and dinosaurs. Aside from that, however, there’s not really a reason to sit through this movie. It’s just too hard to care about these characters since the movie reveals so little about them or the reason they’re fighting, especially since their families are already dead.
Another huge flaw in the movie is the lack of clear direction. Is 65 a horror movie? Or a science fiction movie? It tries to incorporate elements of the JURASSIC PARK franchise, but it lacks any characters that viewers might care about, so it fails in that arena. 65 is a short movie, at only 93 minutes, but it’s not a very inspiring movie. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution because of some extreme action violence, bloody scenes and scary images of dangerous dinosaurs.
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