65 – “An unremarkable sci-fi slog”
Directed by: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (writers of The Quiet Place – 2018)
• Adam Driver as Mills
• Ariana Greenblatt as Koa
• Chloe Coleman as Nevine
• Nika King as Alya
After a catastrophic crash on an unknown planet, pilot Mills quickly discovers he is stranded on Earth 65 million years ago. Now, with only one chance at rescue, Mills and the only other survivor, Koa, must make their way across an unknown terrain riddled with dinosaurs and other dangerous prehistoric creatures in an epic fight to survive.
You can’t really mess up a movie about Adam Driver fighting dinosaurs, can you? Well, as it turns out, yes, yes you can. Sadly, 65 is an unremarkable sci-fi slog, and it’s mostly due to a real lack of a creative spark beyond the bonkers premise. It is as if the filmmakers thought that the premise alone was good enough to carry things through. Unfortunately, there is no imagination beyond that, nor is there any attempt to make us care about these characters in any genuine way. By the way, the father trekking around dangerous terrain with a young girl is being done much better on HBO's The Last of Us. Ok sure, the dino battles are cool at the start, but they become repetitive very quickly. Plus, that final fight is straight up video game stuff. In fact, this all feels very video game-esque, just not an overly captivating one. And for a movie full of traversing, there’s so little dialogue. It’s all rather muted – and frankly, dull. What could have been a fun sci-fi creature feature, turns out to be a forgetful CGI slug fest. Adam Driver and dinosaurs deserve so much better!