65 (2023) Reviews of Adam Driver sci-fi monster movie co-produced by Sam Raimi

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65 is a 2023 American sci-fi monster movie about an astronaut who crashes on a mysterious planet only to discover he’s not alone. Also known as 65: The End Is Only The Beginning

Written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (directors of Haunt; Nightlight; Spread; Her Summer; For Always and writers of the A Quiet Place movies). Also produced by Sam Raimi (Umma; Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness; Evil Dead franchise), Zainab Azizi and Debbie Liebling.

The Columbia Pictures-Bron Creative-Raimi Productions and Beck/Woods movie stars Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; The Dead Don’t Die), Ariana Greenblatt and Chloe Coleman.

Plot synopsis:
After a catastrophic crash on an unknown planet, pilot Mills (Adam Driver) quickly discovers he’s actually stranded on Earth… sixty-five million years ago.

Now, with only one chance at rescue, Mills and the only other survivor, Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), must make their way across an unknown terrain riddled with many dangerous prehistoric creatures in an epic fight to survive.

” …sets up a prime opportunity for a slam-bang survival movie featuring dinosaurs, fantasy tech, and a race against time. However, there’s something a bit off about the endeavor, finding Beck and Woods often downplaying thrill ride elements to explore character pain and burgeoning relationships, adding a lot of unnecessary pauses to the Big Chase, throttling the excitement factor of the picture.” 5 out of 10, Blu-ray.com

” …an annoying overdose of jump scares, most of which cause yawns rather than jolts. In the slightly more involving final act, Beck and Woods lean further into the goofiness of their premise, as danger starts quite literally falling out of the sky, but it’s a case of too little, too late. It’s not quite the toxic disaster it’s being treated as but 65 is nowhere near the giddy lark it should have been…” 2 out of 5, The Guardian

” …65 fails to be thrilling, suspenseful or even remotely intriguing. A sci-fi film doesn’t have to be brainy to be enjoyable as long as it’s entertaining on a palpable level. With the exception of a few action scenes, there’s nothing to entertain the audience. The relationship between Mills and Koa is weak.” The NYC Movie Guru

“Beck and Woods were the brain trust responsible for A Quiet Place, a series known for producing serious thrills. Nothing in 65 dials into the pulse of those films and though it saves a decent showdown for the climax, by that point, you’re already checked out, hoping the movie will gravitate towards its insane premise teased in the marketing.” D+ The Only Critic

” ….overburdened with narrative conceits that simply did not need to be there. Trying to get from one half of your ship to the other through 15km of forest infested with dinosaurs that want to eat you is all the motivation you need for the film. Okay, you may want to add in the lie that the kid’s parents are on the other ship to add an emotional layer.” 3 out of 5, TL;DR Movie Reviews and Analysis

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Sony released 65 theatrically worldwide on March 10, 2023.

Technical details:
1 hour 33 minutes

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