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Under the Mountain (2009)

Teenage twins battle dark forces hidden beneath Auckland's volcanoes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cameron ...
Sophie McBride ...
Leon Wadham ...
Chelsea McEwan Millar ...
Detective Gray
Johan / Lenart
Matthew Sunderland ...
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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Release Date:

10 December 2009 (New Zealand)  »

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As Pedras de Fogo  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mr. Jones: Listen. They're hunting him.
Rachel: Then help him.
Mr. Jones: It's too late. I told you - alone he's nothing.
Rachel: Take me to him now.
Mr. Jones: No. Your brother's already as good as dead.
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Remake of Under the Mountain (1981) See more »

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A good movie, worth watching
8 January 2012 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The movie should have been longer to better cover the book in more detail. Enjoyable but the plot was rushed to fit into only 90 minutes. With a longer movie much more detail could have been covered. As a much younger person I really enjoyed the novel. The movie did not do justice to the book. Having said that the movie was fun and bought back some good memories. The performance by Sam Neil was good and helped to hold the plot together.

The time spent in visiting the old building, finding out about the aliens, and scary time on the lake was much too short. There was a great deal of opportunity to better match the book and create a feeling of tension for the viewer.

In summary a good movie, worth watching.

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