Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Movie Review: "Rim of the World" (2019)

Director: McG
Year: 2019
Rating: TV-14
Running Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

A group of four very different kids who just met at a summer camp must band together to save the world after an alien invasion.

Netflix's movie "Rim of the World" stars Jack Gore and Annabeth Gish stand and stare at summer camp.
"It's more poo than canoe in here!" (Image Source)
It's nice to know that Netflix is now shelling out millions so filmmakers can make feature-length advertisements for Adidas. Cool story, bro! And what a weird mishmash of ideas Netflix's latest original film "Rim of the World" turned out to be. This movie is directed by McG, who has directed films like "Charlie's Angels," "Terminator Salvation," and the Netflix original "The Babysitter." It is written by Zack Stentz, who has worked on several superhero screenplays. It tells the story of four kids from very different walks of life. Alex (Jack Gore) is a brainy kid who is scared of everything, ZhenZhen (Miya Cech) is an orphan girl from Asia, Dariush (Benjamin Flores Jr.) is a rich kid with a big mouth who fancies himself a player, and Gabriel (Alessio Scalzotto) is believed to be a juvenile delinquent, though he may be just a ~*misunderstood youth.~* They all meet at the Rim of the World summer camp and are forced to work together to save all of mankind when the earth is attacked by horribly CGI'ed aliens. Nooooooo, this doesn't sound like a modern-day "Stranger Things" at all!
Aliens invade the earth in Netflix's new original movie "Rim of the World"
"He just sneeze-jizzed all over us!" (Image Source)
As we've mentioned on this website in the past, Netflix has a not-so-great track record with its original comedy films. The big question we had after watching Netflix's "Rim of the World" was, "who is this thing actually for?" It's such a weird, off-putting, unfunny mash-up of stuff that it accomplishes the impossible and is literally for no one. It's a combination of family adventure films like "The Goonies" and sci-fi action flicks like "Independence Day" with a sprinkling of homage to "Jurassic Park" and "The Breakfast Club," but with the dialogue of something like "Superbad" and the goofball tone of "Agent Cody Banks," featuring characters in their early teens. It is far too crass and violent for little kids, but it is also way too ridiculous for most other audiences. The teenaged actors try their best to do what they can with the material they've been given (which isn't much), but we just don't ever buy them as a group of strangers-turned-friends in their joint effort to save the planet. This film is packed to the brim with cameos from former Vine stars who cannot act to save their lives, but luckily, they all disappear from the story once the alien invasion begins, so it's a win-win! There are a bazillion plot holes and dozens of contrived moments that made us roll our eyes throughout its runtime. It's also never clear to us when this movie takes place. Most of the characters have old BlackBerry and LG phones, but they also know what "The Revenant" is, so...??????  All of this hodgepodge is captured with the frantic, completely chaotic camera work of McG, who just needs to stop at this point. Most of the jokes and attempted moments of wit don't work, and any sincerity the screenplay tries to have in the latter portion of its runtime falls flat and feels unearned and shoehorned in.
Actors Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores Jr., and Alessio Scalzotto watch a city being destroyed in a movie still for the film "Rim of the World"
"Between my fist and that alien's dick, your mouth should be worn out by now!" (Image Source)
Netflix's "Rim of the World" didn't work for us on any level. They were really hoping they would score big time with a family adventure classic a la "Stranger Things," but at the end of the day, it's just a muddled mix of crappy jokes, a terrible script, bad CGI, and characters we don't care about. We would have settled for something watchable, but we didn't even get that. The best thing we can say about it is that it isn't the worst movie we've seen this year, and there are far worse movies on Netflix that you could watch, but there are other better films we recommend you spend your time on instead

My Rating: 2/10
BigJ's Rating: 2/10
IMDB's Rating: 5.1/10
RT Rating: 33%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

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