Tonight's movie review is Under the Mountain. IMDB.com Posting
The movie takes place in the modern day and follows the lives of twins. A brother Theo and a sister Rachel, we start the movie with their mother dying. Then their father sends them to live with there aunt and uncle for the summer.
It is at this point the movie really starts to get rolling. There is a strange creepy house with strange creepy people living in it. Of course the twins curiosity gets the better of them and they have to investigate.
When the creepy people start to take an interest in the twins they then find Mr. Jones (Sam Neill), This strange old man teaches them the true nature of the creepy people next door and then things get really interesting.
The acting in this movie was actually quite good. The story, while interesting and involving was really quite simple. It almost feels a bit too crammed together so to speak. I get the feeling that this was made from a really great book that we only scratch the surface of in the movie. And with a minute amount of searching I find that this movie is indeed based on the book of the same name.
The visual effects were quite impressive for a movie that probably did not have a Hollywood type budget. I suppose with the pace of technology it doesn't take a ton of money to produce a movie with decent special effects. That's not to say you can produce Avatar on your mother computer but you get my point I'm sure.
I rate this movie four out of five smiley Mike heads.
I would have rated it a five if they could have fleshed out the story better and perhaps the characters would have not come off so teen angsty.
I would recommend it for those looking for a decent fantasy movie. With so many on the shelf today this one is actually a cut above some I have seen.