Mongolian Death Worm
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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.
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.
I Thought this was a good movie and pretty much what you would expect. There was your typical ridiculous parts and characters that give this movie the typical B Movie "Charm"
I would absolutely recommend this one to any crappy monster movie Advocate!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 13 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 13 months ago by MAyor
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
It was OK as far as that sort of video was concerned--sometimes a good laugh--and something to get your mind off other matters.Published on October 21, 2013 by Eda A. Jewett
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