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Monster Trucks (2016)

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A young man working at a small town junkyard discovers and befriends a creature which feeds on oil being sought by a fracking company.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Dowd
Sheriff Rick
Reece Tenneson
Mr. Weathers
Wade Coley
Jake (Letterman Kid)
Ruairi MacDonald ...
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In a small town, an oil company is drilling for oil. The geologist, Dowd, informs his boss, Tenneson that they detected what could be an ecosystem which could affect their drilling rights. But Tenneson tells them to go on and something happens. Something came out and Tenneson wants to keep it quiet by keeping what came out on ice. In the town, something's been taking the fuel tanks off vehicles, leaving a big hole. Tripp, who lives in the town is frustrated at his life, specifically not having a vehicle of his own. He works at a scrap yard and he's been working on restoring an old truck. One day he thinks he hears something and traps it in the storage pit. He calls the Sheriff who's his step-father, whom he doesn't like. And when he gets there, it's gone. Later he sets a trap for it and sees it's a slug like creature who feeds on oil. He would bond with it. Later a man from the oil company shows up at the yard and asks him about the thing he reported earlier. Tripp feigns it was ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action, peril, brief scary images, and some rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canavar Kamyonlar  »

Box Office


$125,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,500,000 (USA) (13 January 2017)


$33,038,182 (USA) (3 March 2017)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Viacom took a major loss for the 3rd quarter of 2016, it blamed unspecified failures in its motion picture distribution division. Reporters pieced together some details in the profit and loss statement, and discovered that this film was blamed for the loss. See more »


When everyone gets in their new "monster trucks", they all put on 5-point harnesses. When Lucas Till is nearly pushed off the cliff, he isn't wearing a seat belt, and has to hang off the door to avoid falling. In the next scene, he is back in his harness. See more »


Reece Tenneson: [on Burke] He comes highly recommended.
Reece Tenneson: I'm not into hurting people
[nods to Burke]
Reece Tenneson: that's his job
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Bye Bye Man/Monster Trucks (2017) See more »


All for You
Written by Hunter Hayes, John Knight & Emily Wiesband
Performed and Produced by Hunter Hayes
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corporation/Warner Music Nashville LLC
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Well directed movie and action scenes
22 January 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it was going to be bad but fun. I was surprised at how good it was but it had a few flaws.

First of all, this movie is extremely well made. Recently, I noticed kids movies were going down in quality. What I mean is that they are more badly filmed these days. This movie is extremely well directed. There's no shaky cam or badly filmed scenes.When you go see a movie that got 4.2/10, you expect the scenes to be badly filmed but no. It's very solidly filmed, even the action scenes. This makes for an entertaining movie.

The action scenes are pretty good in this movie. There are two main scenes and they are extremely well filmed. When I saw the reviews from this movie, I knew right away not to believe them because I know Chris Wedge is a good director and he did well with these action sequences. This is the guy that made Epic and Ice Age. He's very good.

The story is alright but you couldn't really expect it to be super complex. It's a movie about driving monster trucks. Enough said. That being said, it may be simple but it holds up well with the good directing. The critics will say what they will but no one could expect a complex movie from this. It's nothing new but it works well.

The acting wasn't that good. I thought that Lucas Till would be better. Jane Levy was not bad and the bad guy was menacing enough. Something that I found weird in this movie is that they accidentally murder people and it's okay. There's a scene where Tripp's truck jumps onto another one and it gets crushed and goes sliding 20 feet and everyone just goes off as if nothing happened even though that guy is clearly dead.

While not groundbreaking, Monster Trucks holds up quite well. It's very well directed and has good action scenes. This makes for an entertaining movie.

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