Mongolian Death Worm
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One aspect of the 'human' acting that I found amusing: When there was a worm lurking and on the verge of attacking it would make a non-human growling grumbling monster sound (i.e. "Grrroworworoowwraaaarh"), but the human actors would inquire, "who's there! Who is that?". Me? .... if I heard a monster sound like that... I wouldn't be asking such a question. I'd be getting the F*** out of there.
I give this charming film 4 stars for the fourtitude of the production staff, since "fivetitude" doesn't sound quite right.
Now, don't dismiss this movie as your typical low budget bad acting CGI monster romp. Set in Mongolia in the modern day, this film tracks nonprofit doctors fighting a mysterious water borne plague, foreign oil managers having plant trouble while smuggling stolen treasure on the side, a freelance mercenary archeologist and his straight cop buddy, and some bumbling bandits. That's a lot of plot lines to keep in mind, except that basically everyone on a mission (medical, engineering, smuggling, archeology) keeps having everything go wrong for the same reason. And that reason is Mongolian Death Worms, of course.
I'm sure everyone here is familiar with the book "Jaws" by the late Peter Benchley. For all its overt focus on the shark, the real theme of the book, if you will, is how the shark serves as an amplifier, let's say, for the tensions and instabilities of the community, the connection between politics, business speculation, the mob, Brody's relationship with his wife- all thrown into focus by a shark attack. In a similar way, the Mongolian Death Worms that underlie (literally) everyone's problems in the movie are in fact a metaphor for the very real problems in Mongolia at present, that threaten humanitarian missions, responsible investment, and communities there- poverty, remoteness, and most of all corruption.
There is no way to know if this message was the intent of the filmmaker, but the metaphor is definitely there, elevating this budget picture from an entertainingly watchable adventure into a bona fide political statement.
Gun runner / smuggler / treasure hunter / self proclaimed scientist Daniel (Flanery) has been searching for the tomb of Ghenghis Kahn, or more specifically the reputed treasure entombed with him. His method of finding it? Track the (not so) mythical Mongolian Death Worms who, by folklore, are the guardians of the tomb. Enter oil company. Enter drilling. Enter Patrick (Waters) as drill site overseer / scheming bad guy. Enter overacting and some good entertainment as long as you realize this IS NOT a serious film. If you take an analytical approach you'll miss iit's true value!!! Worth every penny, times 10, of what I paid, which was $1 at a pawn shop. This is a fun film my friends!!! If you want a change, check it out. Hats off to Mr. Flanery and his cohorts. Thank you!
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Excellent. The cgi is pretty good. It's not the most realistic movie... but it kept me entertained. I would see the sequel if they had one.Published 7 months ago by pawel s.
A very thought provoking movie. It is as good as Inception. There are many twist in the movie literally!Published 8 months ago by MAyor
Sean Patrick Flannery (Or as most of you probably know him as Connor Murphy of Boondock Saints) Is after some ancient relics and the treasure in a legendary tomb. Read morePublished 23 months ago by SaintPendulous
I gave this made for TV movie a very generous 3 stars. It is exactly what you'd expect from the title, if not quite the DVD box art -- which is superb.Published on October 25, 2013 by Robin Simmons
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