Under the Mountain (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy  |  10 December 2009 (New Zealand)
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Teenage twins battle dark forces hidden beneath Auckland's volcanoes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cameron ...
Sophie McBride ...
Chelsea McEwan Millar ...
Nathaniel Lees ...
Detective Gray
Nathan Meister ...
Johan / Lenart
Wilberforce Drone 1
Toi Iti ...
County Policeman
Richard Matheson
Michaela Rooney ...
Aunt Kay
Matthew Chamberlain ...
Uncle Cliff
Miriama Kamo ...
News Reader
Wilberforce Drone 2
Wayne Gordon ...
Wilberforce Drone 4


After their mother dies, teen twins Rachel and Theo are sent to live with relatives in Auckland, where they come across three alien races. The seven shapeshifting Wilberforces love all things rotten and seek to lay waste all of Earth through the power of the seven Gargantua, enormous slug-like creatures trapped, one apiece, under Auckland's seven volcanoes but soon to free themselves. Mr. Jones is an alien too, the surviving twin of a pair come to use their fire powers on the other aliens. Only twins can unleash the firepower from a set of magic stones, but after failure with a previous set of twins, Jones hasn't much hope for Rachel and Theo, though he doesn't know they can tele-communicate with each other. Written by statmanjeff

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Rated PG-13 for frightening action and peril, and for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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10 December 2009 (New Zealand)  »

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As Pedras de Fogo  »

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Mr. Jones: On you way, boy.
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It was, well, interesting...
22 May 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This movie have some good things and bad things to it.

Let me start with the bad thing. The movie seems much like a movie that would have been spawned in the success of the "Harry Potter" movie. I know this is not the intention of the movie, nor does it have any connection to it. But the characters and the story seems like something taken out of the "Harry Potter" universe.

As for the good things. Well the movie was interesting and fairly entertaining. There were pretty nice effects throughout the movie as well. There was also a somewhat Lovecraftian Cthulhu-feel to the movie. The concept with the Gargantua (Old Ones?) and the servants (much like the 'fishmen' of Innsmouth). That part, however subtle or intentional it was, was not lost on me, and I liked that part.

The cast was good, and they performed well in their roles. Of course, Sam Neill was great, as always.

This movie provides wholesome entertainment for the entire family, young and old alike. I am sure that the young audiences will like the magic and effects in the movie, while a more mature audience (like myself) might take a liking to the dark mood of the movie (and the Lovecraft inspiration).

"Under the Mountain" is definitely worth checking out.

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