Ok, let’s be honest. When you saw the trailer for this movie you weren’t thinking, “Wow, this is going to be an exciting, excellent movie based on the video game”, right? You were probably thinking as I was that this movie looked stupid, but perhaps there was enough action in it to be a fun family film. Well, not exactly. The action and acting in this movie gets it a solid 3 Icees (out of 5), but you don’t want to take your little kids to this film. This thing is rated PG-13 for a reason.
So before I talk about how good the movie is, let me elaborate as to why you don’t want to bring little kids to this movie. Some people did and I could hear those kids being a bit more frightened than the parents bargained for. If you played the video game from the 90’s, you know the object of the game is to destroy the city, crush and/or eat people and just generally destroy everything in your path. This movie nailed this part down very well. There definitely is stepping on and eating of people, along with flinging them and destroying the vehicles/aircraft while the people are still inside. Early on in the movie there are also a few scenes where kids can get really scared (probably some adults too).
Now, why would I give this movie 3 Icees? Well, once you realize what type of movie it is, it’s actually not half bad. I’m not saying it’s half good either, but it falls into that, “there are monsters and we have to get rid of them genre”, like Godzilla or King Kong. There is some cheesiness, but not nearly as much as I thought there would be. There is some humor, as there is in all Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movies, but this is definitely not a comedy.
So now that you know what this movie is, I do recommend that you go and enjoy it… just don’t expect any Oscar-worthy performances and don’t bring the little kids… and you’ll be fine. If you liked San Andreas, you’ll like this movie.
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