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Under the Mountain (Sous-titres français)

Sam Neill , Sophie McBride , Jonathan King    DVD

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When teenage twins Rachel and Theo investigate the creepy old house next door, they discover the Wilberforces—shape-shifting creatures that lurk beneath Auckland's ring of extinct volcanoes. Guided by the mysterious Mr. Jones (Sam Neill), and with the help of their older cousin Ricky, the twins must rekindle the unique powers they once shared if they are to destroy this ancient evil...before it destroys them.

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"A little dash of The Hardy Boys, a little slice of The X-Files, and a fun-sized chunk of Jules Verne meets Ray Harryhausen." -- Scott Weinberg, FEARNET

"The special effects from the famed Weta Workshop team (The Lord Of The Rings) are top-notch" -- Kerry Doole, EXCLAIM

"the effects are on par with a Hollywood summer tent-pole flick." -- Ryan Mason, CHUD

"Beautifully shot...will certainly find a large and appreciative audience." -- Todd Brown, TWITCH FILM

"Harry Potter with a darker edge." -- SCREENHEAD

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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh, I've seen worse Feb. 28 2011
By Einsatz - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of the necessary ingredients were there so this should have been a successful film. Billed as a Sci-Fi/Adventure, this 2009 New Zealand production though, is anything but successful. Fantastic special effects aside, the story feels incomplete, the pacing is odd, the sense of urgency slips from time to time with unnecessary distractions, the dialog was everything except informative, and the acting uniformly dull (Sam Neil in particular looked as if he wanted to be somewhere else doing anything but this movie.). The only element that worked was the spooky shape shifters living next door. If the rest of the movie had managed to capitalize on that instead of splintering off into a lackluster teen angst movie of the week this might have worked. Instead, with too many things that didn't make sense, this movie just drifted from one inexplicable scene to another: the `split' of the twins was arbitrary and forced, the sequence in the police station useless, why did the aunt and uncle keep disappearing? In addition, some of the reactions to danger were obscenely ludicrous (who, upon hearing their neighbors want to kill them, just go to bed. Or, while your front door is being broken down, just stand there and watch until the intruder is upon you!?). Crazy. What a waste.

I will add that I'm glad I watched it, but it's not a keeper.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, fantastic performances Sept. 10 2010
By Harry Connolly - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a terrific movie, with great performances from its young stars. The writing and direction really brought out the best in them. What's more, the world the story portrays is great fun and a little scary.

Highly recommended. It's good stuff.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraft for family viewers Jan. 23 2012
By Wolfboy_54 - Published on Amazon.com
While I haven't read Mark Gee's original novel or seen the 1981 TV serial, research indicates that Jonathan King's feature version of UNDER THE MOUNTAIN has altered elements of the story to make it more Lovecraftian than the original. The Wilberforces (the evil aliens) in the TV version are slug-like. Here, they are masses of writhing tentacles on a human frame. The concept of the main malevolent creatures slumbering under mountains and at the bottom of the lake, awaiting their followers to open a mystical door that will unleash them on our world is also very Lovecraftian. The glimpse of one of these creatures sleeping in a mountain cave could easily be Cthulhu itself! The glowing stones the twins to battle the Wilberforces remind me of August Derleth's invention of the star-stones. Then there is the blurring of science fictional ideas with the supernatural. Again, it is Lovecraftian in approach.

I am inclined to agree with MadMac's review on the on the one point that the twins Theo and Rachel would have served the story better if they had been younger, instead of teens. In fact, the twins in the TV version are 11 years old. Still I can't fault the performances of Tom Cameron and Sophie McBride.

Sam Neil is very good in this type of role as an authoritative mysterious, benevolent alien/sorcerer. His presence is one of the things that lured me to seek this film out.

I have to side with those reviewers who enjoyed the film. It is moody and mysterious. The story builds at a steady pace and erupts into a satisfying climax. The Wilberforces and their masters are unsettling but NOT overly gross. There is really no gore to speak of or large body count. If director Jonathan King was in fact shooting for a Lovecraftian film the whole family could watch, this is it. I think it works on that level.

I caught film on one of the premium movie channels, but I do plan to purchase a copy of it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Sept. 23 2013
By Vicki Heady - Published on Amazon.com
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I had seen this years ago, but didn't remember it well, just pieces. I very much enjoyed seeing it again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Zealand Location. May 6 2013
By Doubleshot Dicie - Published on Amazon.com
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We've been to New Zealand (where this took place). It was fun to see locations we knew. Story was interesting.
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