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Under The Mountain 2009 PG-13 CC

3.7 out of 5 stars (34) IMDb 4.9/10

Teenage twins Rachel and Theo travel to Auckland to stay with relatives following the sudden death of their mother. Here, they find an alien environment and overhear Mr. Wilberforce talking about something stirring beneath the ground...the fire-raiser. Theo goes in search to find the fire-raiser - the man he saw on the mountaintop.

Starring:
Tom Cameron, Sophie McBride
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, Adventure
Director Jonathan King
Starring Tom Cameron, Sophie McBride
Supporting actors Oliver Driver, Leon Wadham, Chelsea McEwan Millar, Nathaniel Lees, Nathan Meister, Matthew Sunderland, Toi Iti, Bruce Hopkins, Michaela Rooney, Matthew Chamberlain, Miriama Kamo, Gareth Reeves, Wayne Gordon, Allan Smith, Matt Gillanders, William Johnson, Kirsty Wilkinson, Colin Moy
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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This film is good fun and well made for those who like the fantasy film genre. We really enjoyed the evening watching it.

One of the themes I enjoyed were of course the Lovecraft references, which another viewer brought up. This was at times done with sly humor, such as in the scene with the cute little Cthulhu dangling from the rear view mirror.

It has a strong twins theme, which is developed in some unique ways -- one character is from a planet where everyone is a twin. The twins can communicate in nonverbal ways but there is also a rejection/running on the part of one of them. It deals with the total aloneness of twinless twins.

The other theme I enjoyed were the earth shaking giants stored beneath mountains, trying to get out. This is often how earthquakes are explained in legends and myths. Some malevolence is trapped deep in the earth and at times bangs around in rage, trying to escape and wreak havoc. An example is the great fiery serpent that dove into the center of earth in Zarathustrian writings. Maybe the Maori believe something similar, with the Rainbow Serpent. Don't expect a rainbow at the end of that tunnel though.

Adorable teens. Five stars.
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I have memories of watching the original series back in 1981 when I was just a child (~8 yrs), and what fascinated me the most was the tunnels the giant slugs used to travel from under their home. These memories have stuck with me for decades. After rediscovering the original 'Under the Mountain" series and watching it in its entirety on youtube, I just had to watch this latest rendition. This version was definitely worth watching, and had some interesting twists as compared to the original. I haven't read the book to determine which one is more accurate. However, given all the additional special effects in this version, it could have spent more time in the tunnels and showed the slugs travelling through, to better capture some of the essence of the original. If these original memories of mine hadn't persisted so well, I may have felt differently. Overall, worth watching, but not an improvement over the original series.
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I can't tell you how disappointed I was viewing 'Under The Mountain'.

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.
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This is a terrific movie, with great performances from its young stars. The writing and direction really brought out the best in them. What's more, the world the story portrays is great fun and a little scary.

Highly recommended. It's good stuff.
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I own up to having a family connection to Rangitoto (for overseas viewers, that's the volcano in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour that takes a central role in the movie) and that might make me a little biased. But my 12 year old daughter and I loved this movie, and I can't find a single fault with it. The pace, the plot, the acting, all sit together perfectly. Well done to cast and crew. We'll be watching it again. And thanks to Maurice Gee for the novel that it's based on.
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This film while having some of the same ideas as the original series/book sadly departed from the greatness that made it (the original) a good show/book. Yes i understand that in order to take a 7ish 8ish part series and boil it down to the dregs of "what is needed to tell the story" would ruin some of the magic of the whole thing...but they could have left a lot of it there and not changed the whole thing with added monsters in the whole mix. But guess that needed to be added in to "explain" more of the idea then they could..idk. The movie was good but left me wanting to see the original again.
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