"Monster Movie Re-visited"
What You Need To Know:
This completely derivative movie borrows from THE MUMMY, JURASSIC PARK and ALIEN. It has no originality and no real surprises, but it does jump through the monster-movie hoops with technical precision. It is rated R, which will eliminate a large audience. The entire premise of THE RELIC comes from a godless, evolutionary worldview. We also see blood, severed heads and rotting flesh. THE RELIC is nothing more than a grisly popcorn movie for that crowd who is bored with the high-brow movies of this winter.
(Pa, FR, LLL, VVV, N, A, D) Pagan, evolutionary worldview with superstitious magical elements; 34 obscenities & 15 profanities; gross violence including decapitation, images of decapitated corpses, images of decaying corpses, shooting, explosions, impaling, & many bloody attacks by monster against man; brief image of woman in underwear & obscure natural male nudity of Indians dancing around a fire; alcohol use; and, marijuana smoking & cigarette smoking
In some monster movies of old, the film makers superimposed an image of a lizard on top of an image of a city street filled with screaming, hysterical people. We were told that somehow a harmless lizard mutated into a gigantic, ferocious beast, and that it must now be stopped, usually by fire or freezing it. The more things change, the more they stay the same. THE RELIC revisits this tired storyline and lets a computer-generated lizard-like creature into the Natural History Museum of Chicago. Naturally, the museum has screaming, hysterical people.
One of the potential victims is Dr. Margo Green (Penelope Ann Miller). She works at the museum and is an evolutionary biologist who assumes that there could be former species that quickly evolved and represent missing links between different classes and orders. One day, Dr. Green receives a shipment of crates that contain leaves with a special fungus containing all sorts of animal hormones. Concurrently, the director of the museum, Dr. Ann Cuthbert (Linda Hunt) is planning a special fund-raising reception for a new exhibit entitled “Superstition.” Planning to attend the event are the mayor of Chicago and well-heeled supporters of the arts and humanities.
A day before the event, a security guard gets brutally murdered. He is decapitated and his hypothalamus is removed. Dr. Cuthbert is concerned that the fund-raiser will not occur. Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta (Tom Sizemore ) arrives at the scene to investigate. He wants the whole museum swept to find the brutal killer. He insists that if the killer is not apprehended, then the event should be postponed. The mayor calls and insists the party go on as scheduled, a certain recipe for terror.
The killer isn’t found, and Dr. Green discovers a small, but gruesome creature among the leaves that has lizard, spider and even human DNA elements. She also discovers that the creature needs to have a chemical found in the human hypothalamus. She contacts D’Agosta , and together they team up to find an agile monster that has struck again. The party goes off as planned, contained in a small part of the museum, but monsters know no boundaries and the body count mounts. Dr. Green and D’Agosta try to figure out how to stop the savage beast, while the mayor and various humbled dignitaries try to escape a museum that has been locked by an automatic security system.
This completely derivative movie borrows from THE MUMMY, JURASSIC PARK, ALIEN, and more. It has no originality and no real surprises, but it does jump through the monster-movie hoops with technical precision. The panicked people, the screamers, the runners, and the monster picking up the victim in its mouth are all demonstrated.
Producer Sam Mercer also produced CONGO for Paramount. CONGO turned out to be a sleeper hit, and it had many of the same thematic and stylistic elements as THE RELIC. Mercer must have seen this as a winning formula and simply recreated it in a museum. INDEPENDANCE DAY brought in a huge audience by revisiting the alien invasion movie. THE RELIC, as a facsimile of the mutant monster movie, may not have as much success. It is rated R, which will eliminate a large audience. Unlike CONGO, it is not in good position to become a sleeper hit.
The entire premise of THE RELIC comes from a godless, evolutionist worldview. Evolution, of course, says that slowly, over millions of years, simple organisms evolved into more complex creatures, including man. The Bible says that man and the animals were all specific acts of creation. A scientific premise of this movie states that a virus can introduce genetic material into human DNA which produces a hormone that can produce dramatic physical changes. Hence, the belief is that through time, strange creatures suddenly appeared outside of the evolutionist theory’s accepted progression of species formation.
Older teenage boys will want to bring their girlfriends to this movie because there are many scenes of shock and horror — some of it is very sickening. We see blood, severed heads and rotting flesh. THE RELIC is nothing more than a grisly popcorn movie for the movie crowd who are bored with the high-brow movies of this winter.