The Reel Review
Adam Driver stars in this sci-fi/action-adventure set 65 million years ago, when an intergalactic space traveler crash lands on a hostile planet crawling with deadly dinosaurs… a prehistoric Earth. He and another young crash survivor must race against time to avoid the creatures, reach an escape pod and evacuate as a catastrophic, extinction-level meteor approaches that will wipe out all life.
With a promising premise, a budget of more than 45 million dollars and a screenplay from the writers of 2018’s A Quiet Place (who this time also direct), you’d think this sci-fi thriller would have the makings of a winner. Think again, amigo! Driver, alongside Ariana Greenblatt as the only survivors from their ill-fated expedition, stumble their way through a humorless, dull as dishwater story and some dinosaur CGI that ranges from decent leftovers from the Jurassic World franchise to ridiculously fake looking garbage.
Chloe Coleman (My Spy) makes a few brief appearances as our astronaut’s chronically ill daughter (apparently health care also sucked 65 million years ago), but even that effort is a feeble attempt to tug at our heartstrings. By the big finalé, you may just find yourself rooting for the approaching meteor if you haven’t already fallen asleep from boredom.
• Adam Driver says he agreed to do 65 after spending several months in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Ariana Greenblatt’s screen credits include 2020’s Love and Monsters and playing a young Gamora in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
• Filming of 65 started in December 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, in New Orleans, the Kisatchie National Forest in central Louisiana, Oregon and Ireland.
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