Under the Mountain Reviews
*CONTAINS SPOILERS THAT WERE SPOILED IN THE TRAILER*
Under the Mountain is a movie that needs to burn in the fiery pits of Rangitoto. This movie is an adaption of the 1979 book of the same title by Maurice Gee. The plot is that the world is going to end from New Zealand because of the aliens known as the Wilberforce's a sluggish alien that destroys worlds. The only people that can stop it are two twins with the power of a magical rock that shoots fire at people when their faith in each other is strong enough (Sounds silly doesn't it). With cringe worthy acting and bad special effects, anyone and everyone should avoid this New Zealand flick.
The acting in Under the Mountain is pitiful as it is unbelievable and fake and the movie doesn't have any memorable characters. The twins Theo and Rachel themselves show no signs of emotion. They would often say something sad or happy but their faces wouldn't match. Also the "kiwi" accent here is really distracting and often makes a serious scene funnier than it really is (Saying this as a kiwi). The best actors in this film are the evil Wilberforce's whose creepy nature comes across really well through some great actors.
The $5 million budget could have been thrown into a volcano for all anyone cares because it was a total failure. This is because the visual effects in this movie will make you pull your eyes out and disinfect them with fire! Some keys moments are when the twins start shooting fire out of a rock that looks like an enlarged mint of some description. The fire effect that comes out of the rock is nothing spectacular and should have been improved. Towards the end of the film the twins are set alight burn, well not really as the fire effect looks like it as pulled out of an early to late 90s adventure film. The worst visual effect in the film is towards the end when the (NON-INTERESTING SPOILER ALERT INCOMING) volcanoes shoot some sort of fire (The never explained). This effect looks like a quick Photoshop job as no animation is involved.
In conclusion, after you watch this movie say goodbye to your loved ones as you'll fall into the fiery pits of your deepest nightmares. This movie should and needs to be avoided because the terrible acting and special effects will make you cringe in pain, don't support this movie because in the future we don't want to get any off-spring from this gigantuar of a fail film!
Intro: the movie under the mountain is a cheesy kiwi sci-fi/fantasy movie. It is called by some a once in a lifetime experience and they are right. You should have suicide hotline on speed dial while you watch this movie. The twins in this movie have to save the world using the power of the fire-stones given to them by an alien. They need the stones to defeat the Gargantuars and their servants the Wilberforces. But the Wilberforces hold all the cards and will do anything to protect their masters. The twins are not the most identical of people and act like lovers.
Review 1: The special effects in this movie were cheap and un-convincing. When they are ignited near the end and throwing the stones in to the volcano the flames looked really poor. The special effects could have been done on a home PC using photo-shop. Granted, the make-up was pretty well done with the general sliminess of the Wilberforces well portrayed. The setting effects were done O.K. but they left you with the feeling that they had focused on the main focus of the setting and ignored the rest. Overall the flame animation needed work but the make-up was spot on.
Review 1: The actors in this film were a mixed bag. The actors of the twins (Tom Cameron, Sophie McBride) were not the best of actors. They seemed not to really care and the scenes where a massive revelation was made they acted like the end of the world didn't apply to them. However the actor of Mr Wilberforce (Oliver Driver) was amazing. I felt myself going "Oh No!" when we saw his character appear. All in all the twins were newbies to the acting scene and I cannot think of a better way for their career to die.
Conclusion: With points given for the make-up and taken away for the poor acting I think that this movie is an example of what New Zealand has to offer the film industry when Peter Jackson is not involved; poor acting and weak special effects. To give this a score I say that it gets 2 out of 5. To coin a popular phrase what is filmed under the mountain should stay under the mountain.
really cool special effects, and noteworthy costume and makeup design.
Wish we could have gotten more from the actors / characters, theyre a bit too silent if you ask me. Whereas the villians are nothing but cheese and camp.
Strange film, but if your in the mood for something different then the latest teen adventure hipster crap, give it a try.
and Sam is right he is not a shorts man .
to under stand that look out the original. made in New Zealand