Stranded at a summer camp when aliens attack the planet, four teens with nothing in common embark on a perilous mission to save the world.
Starring: Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores Jr., Alessio Scalzotto, Andrew Bachelor, Annabeth Gish, Scott MacArthur, Dean S. Jagger, Michael Beach, Lynn Collins, David Theune, Tony Cavalero, Carl McDowell, Punam Patel, Jason Rogel, Chris Wylde, Rudy Mancuso, Amanda Cerny, Allan Graf, Cameron Fuller, Richard Gore, Peter Parros, Annie Cavalero
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A very enjoyable Goonies-meets-Independence-Day action film.
There have been plenty of films over the years where a group of misfit kids head off on some kind of mission – films such as “The Goonies”, “IT” and “Stand By Me” readily spring to mind. These are great films, which means that this new Netflix film, “Rim of the World”, from Director McG (“Charlies Angels”, “The Babysitter”) has a lot to live up to. But can it hit that sweet spot?
“Rim of the World” follows a group of teenagers who are sent to the Rim of the World Summer camp during their school holidays. In the opening scenes we see a brief background of some of the main characters before they head off to camp: we have Alex (Jack Gore) – a nerdy kid fascinated by NASA and space in general; then there’s ZhenZhen (Miya Cech) – a girl that’s travelled from China to come to the camp; and then we have Dariush (Benjamin Flores Jr.) – a spoilt rich kid. We see a number of snippets from the first day at camp which are funny as well as being very relatable for anyone who has ever been to some kind of summer camp with a bunch of strangers. There is also an interesting interpretation of Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story”…
As the kids head off to explore the forest and hills surrounding the camp we meet a new character, Gabriel (Alessio Scalzotto) and then, less than twenty minutes into the film, aliens attack – and this is where the story really begins. It doesn’t take long for them to realise everyone has left to seek refuge and the kids, while being attacked from the air by alien craft, end up discovering a key that they need to take to a NASA facility around 70 miles away in order to save the planet.
The design of the aliens, in my opinion, was great – creepy enough to be enjoyable but not treading into horror movie territory. The humour in the film is crude at times (hence its 15 rating in the UK; TV-14 in the US; and M in Australia) but it works – I mean, who hasn’t met a foul-mouthed teen who thinks they know everything? Its not crude for the sake of it, it’s crude because that’s just how some kids are. There are also a lot of neat film references scattered throughout so keep an ear out for those.
As our intrepid teens head off together to save the world we get an occasional countdown of how many miles they still need to travel and we start to see more of the destruction that has been brought about by the alien invasion. We also, as expected in these films, see the teens start to bond as we learn more about each of their backstories. These four different kids from massively different backgrounds become great friends – yes, it’s a little obvious and a bit cheesy, but it works.
During the film there are bikes, there are cars, there are alien chases, there are explosions and there is lots and lots of action. The comedy aspect is retained throughout but, on the whole, this ends up being more of a buddy/action-movie with massive vibes of “The Goonies” as well as “Independence Day”. I highly recommend “Rim of the World” if you’re wanting a fun film that doesn’t require much thought and at 1hr 39min it doesn’t have time to drag its feet.
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