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Under the Mountain (2009)

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

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Jonathan King

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Maurice Gee (novel), Matthew Grainger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2009 (New Zealand) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Theo: What would your old man say if he knew what you were doing in here last night?
Ricky: I wasn't doing anything thanks to you. What do you want?
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Remake of Under the Mountain (1981) See more »

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The movie was more for kids... maybe...

I got half way through this and knew I wasn't going to finish. The plot was very weak and proposterous at times. They are told by an otherwordly being named Mr. Jones played by Sam Neill that they need to throw two stones into a volcano to save the world.

They should have not turned this book into a movie because if the film is following the book well it's a rather lame story.

Sam Neill was good as he is a good actor but even he could do nothing about the plot. After all he's just following a script The twins played by Sophie McBride and Tom Cameron were good enough actors but the acting wasn't the problem.

Some other viewers found this boring. I didn't find it exactly that as I felt the pace of the movie was good and the direction, acting etc., it was just the awful plot.

I said it was more for kids maybe but maybe I'm selling them too short.


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