Monday, 23 January 2017

Monster Trucks Review

Monster Trucks

Release Date: 12th January 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Disruption Entertainment
Nickelodeon Movies
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Animation

Paramount Pictures Australia 

Genre: Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 105 minutes

Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $64,493,915

Plot Summary
Tripp is a high school senior with a serious passion for trucks and builds his own, using bits and pieces of scrapped cars. What he never expected was that he would find a monster in his truck.

Tripp discovers a creature who can act as an engine to his monster truck, allowing him to perform superhero feats. Tripp names him "Creech," and the two go an unforgettable adventure together, forming an unbreakable bond.

Lucas Till - Tripp
Jane Levy - Meredith
Thomas Lennon - Jim Dowd
Barry Pepper - Sheriff Rick
Rob Lowe - Reece Tenneson
Danny Glover - Mr. Weathers
Amy Ryan - Cindy
Holt McCallany - Burke
Frank Whaley - Wade Coley
Samara Weaving - Brianne
Tucker Albrizzi - Sam Geldon
Chris Gauthier - Mr. Geldon
Cinta Laura - Ariel

Director - Chris Wedge 
Story - Matthew Robinson
Story/Executive Producers - Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
Screenplay - Derek Connolly
Executive Producer - Cale Boyter
Producers - Mary Parent and Denis L. Stewart
Co-Producer - Kurt Williams
Production Designer - Andrew Menzies
Costume Designer - Tish Monaghan
Cinematography - Don Burgess
Special Effects Supervisor - J.D. Schwalm
Automation Supervisor - Andrew Verhoven
Visual Effects Supervisor - Nicolas Aithadi
Film Editor - Conrad Buff IV
Composer - David Sardy

The year 2017 has just started and the movie season is already getting interesting. Today's review is on the film titled MONSTER TRUCKS and though shot in live-action with some CG animation rendering, it was Director Chris Wedge's first feature to be used in that format after taking a break from the animation industry of Blue Sky where he was known for creating the animated movie series of ICE AGE. While MONSTER TRUCKS is aimed at family audiences it misses the warmth that was seen in most classic family-oriented movies, it is entertaining with plenty of action and well-written jokes to laugh at. Even having a moral storyline that can be understood by both young and older audiences.

The actors Lucas Till, Jane Levy and Rob Lowe deserve a mild applause for their very decent performances except that their characterisations were in need of depth to prevent it from being plain and underdeveloped.

None of the critics were into MONSTER TRUCKS and have tolerated it as it did leave a bad taste in their mouths. I don't mind that it was colourful and very entertaining, I just find it a good picture. This has been quite an easy movie to follow, I would recommend viewing it on the big screen.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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