Directors: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods
Cast: Chloe Coleman and Nika King
Music: Danny Elfman/Chris Bacon
Cinematography: Salvatore Totino
Editing: Josh Schaeffer/Jane Tones
Rating: 1.5 stars
Directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who are best known for their work as script writers of ‘A Quiet Place (2018)’, are back this time with a sci-fi action entertainer that hardly entertains.
The title ’65’ is apparently a reference to the fact that the film tells the story of what happened on earth almost 65 million years ago.
It is the same old run-of-the-mill story that has been created by borrowing ideas and concepts from other films that have already impressed us.
The story begins in a far off planet called Solaris, where Mills (Adam Driver), the dad to a young girl who is dying, takes up a mission to space in order to pay for the treatment of his daughter whom he dearly loves.
The shuttle he operates is hit by meteors and as a result crash lands on an unknown planet. Everybody else who travels with him gets killed, save a little girl called Koa (Ariana Greenblatt).
The planet on which the shuttle has crashlanded happens to be earth. Interestingly, the only inhabitants on earth at that point in time are dinosaurs.
How Mills and Koa get back home, after surviving the battle with dinosaurs is what the film is all about.
65 is a sad attempt at filmmaking, with quite a few sequences in it reminding you of scenes from ‘Jurassic Park’.
There is nothing remarkably new that the film offers. It has an emotional drama involving a dad and his daughter and some exaggerated and artificial stunt sequences that always result in the hero getting to save the girl in the nick of time.
Neither the dad-daughter drama impresses nor do the action sequences.
The only people who seemed to be impressed by the film were the children in the theatre. For all that we know, the directors might have had kids as their target audience while making this film.
Salvatore Totino’s cinematography is impressive and music by Danny Elfman and Chris Bacon apt. However, there is very little that technicians or actors can do when a film has a wafer-thin plot that doesn’t have anything substantial in it.