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

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Jonathan King

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cameron Tom Cameron ... Theo
Sophie McBride Sophie McBride ... Rachel
Oliver Driver ... Mr. Wilberforce
Leon Wadham Leon Wadham ... Ricky
Chelsea McEwan Millar Chelsea McEwan Millar ... Clementine
Nathaniel Lees ... Detective Gray
Nathan Meister ... Johan / Lenart
Matthew Sunderland ... Wilberforce Drone 1
Toi Iti Toi Iti ... County Policeman
Bruce Hopkins ... Richard Matheson
Michaela Rooney Michaela Rooney ... Aunt Kay
Matthew Chamberlain Matthew Chamberlain ... Uncle Cliff
Miriama Kamo Miriama Kamo ... News Reader
Gareth Reeves Gareth Reeves ... Wilberforce Drone 2
Wayne Gordon Wayne Gordon ... Wilberforce Drone 4
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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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New Zealand

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English

Release Date:

10 December 2009 (New Zealand) See more »

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Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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Might have been better
31 January 2012 | by milanpthecharmingSee all my reviews

The first thing I faced when I heard of this movie were bad critics. Second, divided opinions of people who've watched this movie. I decided I should take a look and see for myself, being a fan of fantasy movies, and I didn't regret it, but I was not charmed either.

The first thing, the actors. Always sceptic about introducing new kids into the movie industry, I tried to keep it objective and on low expectations, and it turned out I didn't have to because Tom Cameron (Theo) and Sophie McBride (Rachel) were really good. They represented their characters on a high level of quality, and for that I congratulate them, since this is their first role in a movie ever. :) Seeing Sam Neill in this movie firstly pleasantly surprised me, and then brought me to the edge of disappointment since he acted like he didn't care of the success of this movie nor his reputation. The rest of the crew was OK.

Now the story. The plot has quite a lack of originality in the base of it, but some specific things are pretty interesting, which I won't reveal here in case you haven't watched the movie. The story is a bit slow at moments, but not too much, though it is kind of in fragments. Its development didn't come out well so the end comes suddenly. Btw, the ending scene is really the best scene in the movie.

The visual effects are well done, though there's a lack of those. The kids didn't use their powers much. The drones are scary, but the Gargantuas are nothing fearsome, and they should've been the scary of the scary since they're monsters ready to destroy Earth. The atmosphere is spooky, though a bit too gray and dull at times. I had a feeling I had to see something colorful and vivid after seeing this movie. I was grossed out a few times by some scenes, which is good since that was the point, so my opinion is that the visuals are very well done.

The music was keeping the tension the story didn't have at moments, so it came out a bit too intensive.

At the end, this movie is not a masterpiece, and definitely not for those who aren't fans of the genre, but it definitely isn't bad and unwatchable. Because of Sophie and Tom, this one has a 6 from me.


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