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Under the Mountain (2009)

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A brother and sister are chosen for a magical mission in this upbeat fantasy. Rachel (Sophie McBride) and Theo (Thomas Cameron) are twin siblings in their early teens with a special gift -- they can speak to one another without talking through telepathy. However, while Rachel is fascinated with this unusual talent, Theo is wary and avoids using it. After their mother dies under mysterious circumstances, Rachel and Theo are sent to live with an aunt and uncle in Auckland, where Theo becomes all the more determined not to abuse his supernatural powers. However, both siblings are fascinated by a strange old house not far from their new home, and when they sneak inside to get a closer look, they discover it's home to a handful of zombie-like beings living in a swampy pit. The day after, as Rachel and Theo try to figure out what they've found, they encounter Jones (Sam Neill), a centuries-old wizard who believes the twins have special powers that can defeat the dangerous creatures lurking in the old house once and for all. Adapted from a book for young people by Maurice Gee, Under The Mountain was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.
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PG-13
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Walt Disney Pictures

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Cast

Sam Neill
as Jones
Matt Gillanders
as Wilberforce Drone #6
Matthew Chamberlain
as Uncle Cliff
Oliver Driver
as Mr. Wilberforce
Matthew Sunderland
as Wilberforce Drone #1
Leon Wadham
as Ricky
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Critic Reviews for Under the Mountain

All Critics (2)

Seems intent on delivering a science-fiction / monster movie / adventure tale that's suitable for (mostly) all ages.

Full Review… | October 7, 2009

Audience Reviews for Under the Mountain

Script was poor as well as costume design. They dressed up the film with some CGIs which was colorful but didn't help the storyline much.

Charlie Goodrich
Charlie Goodrich

Not exciting and only semi-stupid. I guess would be a decent weekend flick for a 12 year old.

Chad Roesti
Chad Roesti

Super Reviewer

Rachel and Theo are red headed twins who share a telepathic link, meaning they are able to communicate without words and on occasion feel what the other feels. After their mom is killed in an accident, they're sent to live with their aunt, uncle and cousin in Auckland, a city built on a string of volcanoes. Theo is hit hard by his mother's death, and abandons Rachel emotionally forcing her to cope on her own. But when the twins discover the creepy people who live across the lake aren't really people but shape-shifting creatures, the mysterious Mr. Jones (Sam Neill) reveals that the twins are the only ones who can save the world from these alien invaders that lurk beneath Auckland's ring of seven extinct volcanoes. It seems that Mr. Jones was actually the only survivor from the last planet these monsters moved into and only he has the knowledge to help save the world from the evil Gargantua, malevolent beasties who are within days of rising up and turning our world into their own personal mud bath but it's up to teenagers to wield the power.

Deb S
Deb S

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