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Monster Trucks (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Despite flashes of inspiration, the singularly high-concept Monster Trucks shows that it takes more than monsters and trucks to create a compelling feature film.

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Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend. Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart.

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Cast

Jane Levy
as Meredith
Thomas Lennon
as Jim Dowd
Barry Pepper
as Sheriff Rick
Rob Lowe
as Reece Tenneson
Danny Glover
as Mr. Weathers
Amy Ryan
as Cindy
Frank Whaley
as Wade Coley
Aliyah O'Brien
as Junior Scientist
Daniel Bacon
as Technician
Jedidiah Goodacre
as Jake (Letterman Kid)
Stacey Scowley
as TV Reporter
Tucker Albrizzi
as Sam Geldon
Ruairi MacDonald
as 9th Grader
Chris Gauthier
as Mr. Geldon
Ryan Cowie
as Other Deputy
Adrian Formosa
as Security Merc
Maja Aro
as Pretty Woman in Car
Philip Granger
as Used Car Lot Owner
Daniel Boileau
as Car Lot Associate
Alex Kliner
as Grandpa
Pat Waldron
as Grandma
Ryver Stone
as Little Boy in Restaurant
Peter New
as Tax Cab Driver
Simon Chin
as Security Guard
Devielle Johnson
as Terravex Security Guard
Jordana Largy
as Tenneson's Secretary
Ian Carter
as Oil Exec
Howard Lai
as Engineer
Candice Zhao
as Executive
Jagen Johnson
as Terravex Worker
Giacomo Baessato
as Special Agent
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Critic Reviews for Monster Trucks

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (20)

Audiences could do (and have done) a lot worse than this genial throwback to a time when Kurt Russell was Disney's #1 living, breathing attraction.

January 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

These elements are all well and good, but if you're above the age of 12, it becomes considerably harder to reconcile the sporadic tone-deafness.

January 14, 2017 | Full Review…
TheWrap
Top Critic

Monster Trucks is a wreck, fueled by the crazy belief that noise and repetition can disguise the lack of credible writing, directing, acting and FX.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

The story and characters are so bland and color-by-numbers that it's hard to care about this juvenile adventure romp

January 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

CGI creatures have more personality than the humans. Characters and logic are sacrificed for images and gags.

January 13, 2017 | Full Review…
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

A film that makes good on its laughable, low-concept premise, one that relies on an out-of-fashion moral clarity that may actually benefit its presumed child viewer.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Monster Trucks

Over a year ago, I found myself scrolling through upcoming releases and became fascinated by a film called Monster Trucks. Without a plot synopsis, I was incredibly curious how they would pull off a film that is based around the fact that giant trucks leap over cars. Then the plot details were released, then the first trailer debuted, and then I found myself sitting in the theatre wondering why this film was ever made. It may be a harmless film for children between the ages of 4 and 10 to enjoy, but there is no way it's going to win over the parents that bring their kids or even the teenagers who like going to the monster truck events. There is a reason why this film was placed in January and here is why I believe Monster Trucks was doomed from the start. We've all seen this premise done a million times over, so what makes this interpretation so special? The answer is nothing. Tripp, a high-schooler who wants nothing more than to get away from his boring life, spends his Friday nights working at a junkyard, assembling a truck for himself. After an explosion at an oil facility, a creature escapes, wreaking havoc on the surrounding areas. Eventually finding a home under the hood of Tripp's truck, it becomes the engine he needs to power the truck, as well as an unlikely friend, whom also allows itself to be an icebreaker between Tripp and his friend Meredith. Sound silly? That's because it is. Due to the fact that this film is done with care and tries very hard to impress the younger demographic, it's extremely hard to criticize. Having said that, Monster Trucks really isn't that good of a film. From loud-mouthed bullies that are solely there to make our main character seem smaller, to generic plot devices like an absent father, to wanting to be his own man and prove he is worthy to the sheriff, there are so many laughable elements to Monster Trucks, and yet it plays out as if it doesn't even realize it clearly has these issues. The fact that every single scene is practically hiding a flaw makes this film look like a joke as a final product. Having said that, most young children will not have a clue that they have seen stories like this before, because it just embraces it. That is why this film is solely for children. I honestly feel that I would have loved this film if I had been a five year old sitting in the theatre. Also, there is one particular scene that bugged me. When the truck drives itself through the town for the first time in classic monster truck fashion, it drives over and crushes about 20 cars at dealership, and not a single person comes after them. Logic was completely out the window on that one. It should come as no surprise that trailers show far too much when it comes to any big-budget studio film that over-markets itself. Having said that, the trailers for Monster Trucks are some of the worst I have seen in a long time, due to the fact that it hides any slow moments and focusses completely on the action sequences. I think every single action scene was shown almost from beginning to end throughout the trailers, probably because the studio needed to showcase the "monster truck" element as much as they could. The studio themselves came out a couple months ago, stating that they whole-heartedly believed this film would be a failure. Well, if the opening weekend numbers are any indication, then an $11,000,000.00 haul for a film that cost the studio $125,000,000.00 should definitely be a wake-up call. In the end, I can't deny that this film tried its very best in making a competent picture, aiming itself at a very young demographic, but since it focussed so heavily on pleasing kids, there is not enough substance for adults to connect with. Sadly, there is more substance in Pixar films, due to the fact that they are children's films, aimed at all ages, helming extremely powerful stories. Monster Trucks squanders any promise it has and even though there is some clear effort put into the making of this film, there is not much to commend in the end. Overall, Monster Trucks boasts a few likeable characters, impressive visuals for what they are, and kids can have a blast with the action scenes and cute creatures, but as a film, it's just not very good. I admired the effort, but it's a flop in many more ways than one.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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Monster Trucks is a film designed to be enjoyable for children and to be a boring ride for everyone else. If you have nothing else to do than watching your child dying to see this movie, go ahead and do it, but please bring equipment. This film is literally a borefest.

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