Under the Mountain
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I am inclined to agree with MadMac's review on the on the one point that the twins Theo and Rachel would have served the story better if they had been younger, instead of teens. In fact, the twins in the TV version are 11 years old. Still I can't fault the performances of Tom Cameron and Sophie McBride.
Sam Neil is very good in this type of role as an authoritative mysterious, benevolent alien/sorcerer. His presence is one of the things that lured me to seek this film out.
I have to side with those reviewers who enjoyed the film. It is moody and mysterious. The story builds at a steady pace and erupts into a satisfying climax. The Wilberforces and their masters are unsettling but NOT overly gross. There is really no gore to speak of or large body count. If director Jonathan King was in fact shooting for a Lovecraftian film the whole family could watch, this is it. I think it works on that level.
I caught film on one of the premium movie channels, but I do plan to purchase a copy of it.
I will add that I'm glad I watched it, but it's not a keeper.
Highly recommended. It's good stuff.
I wanted to buy it, and came here to find it at Amazon and at that time the movie was only given a couple of... not so nice reviews and because of these two reviews this movie comes across as not worth the time to watch or even own.
Well, everyone sees things differently. Thanks for the great review from the man in Wa and his 5 Stars. I decided to write also. My first time ever for any review.
I found this movie to be a real exciting adventure and yes, a little bit slow at first. The kids acting was great. If you really like a good Science Fiction type movie, I think you will also enjoy this movie.
Kind of creepy and fun. Not for little kids though.
Go for it!!!
Sam Neill, at least for the most part, has been a given winner the past few decades. He's been involved with very few duds, so I treat him like Apple stock, a blue chip given.
However, not everything he touches is golden - this being a clear example.
'Mountain' has the hallmarks of a quality film - the cinematography, set design and special effects are equal to anything produced out of Hollywood. And utilizing the stunning wonder of New Zealand is, as always, breathtakingly beautiful. I also appreciated how the writers engineered the natural history of The Land Of The Kiwis into the story.
But this horror-mystical-scifi thriller falls short on so many levels.
There are three reasons I think this failed.
First, because this flick doesn't know what it wants to be - it's a production in desperate need of an identity. It touches with and hints at several types of films, but because it only toys with each idea, there's never a full commitment by the director as to what he wants to deliver to us, the audience. Therefore, we never know how to engage the story. It doesn't help that plot-holes abound.
Once heard a funny and very revealing observation about the creative process that kept running in the back of my mind while watching this production. The late Alexander Godunov played a wonderful character in the film 'The Money Pit'. Frustrated watching the ineptitude of a workman repeatedly dabbing paint onto an unfinished doorway, he snatches the brush away and says, "Up...down. Up...down. Paint. Don't tickle."
Truer words have never been spoken about any creative endeavor.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It wasn't bad. I'd like to see more. I think any kid who likes reading books it is for them. It is that kind of book that comes alive with mystery. I wasn't bored watching it. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Sissy
This film is good fun and well made for those who like the fantasy film genre. We really enjoyed the evening watching it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paulina West
Fun movie to watch with a few twists and turns. Good scenery, costumes, etc to make it fun.Published 7 months ago by Michael O'Connor
Really underdeveloped plot and pretty bad acting. Some adult content.Published 9 months ago by Susan Spears