Newest Reviews
Menace II Society
Night Raiders
Samourai, Le
Advent Calendar, The
Merchant of Four Seasons, The
Love of Jeanne Ney, The
Blonde. Purple
Dirty Ho
Dying to Divorce
Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Trouble with Being Born, The
Last Matinee, The
Strings, The
Free Hand for a Tough Cop
People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan
Dear Future Children
Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus
Thin Red Line, The
Petite Maman
Fast & Furious 9
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat
Sweet Thing
Father, The
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Night House, The
Father of Flies
80,000 Years Old
Dead & Beautiful
Whisker Away, A
Newest Articles
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
Yeah, Too Quiet: The Great Silence on Blu-ray
Vestron Double Bill: Dementia 13 and The Wraith
Farewell Dean Stockwell: His Years of Weirdness
Kung Fu Craft: Cinematic Vengeance! on Blu-ray
999 Letsbe Avenue: Gideon's Way on Blu-ray
Hungary for Cartoons: Hungarian Animations on MUBI
You Have No Choice: Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Blu-ray
You Can't Tame What's Meant to Be Wild: The Howling on Blu-ray
Commendably Brief: Short Sharp Shocks Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Super Silents: Early Universal Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Fable Fear: The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray
Gunsight Eyes: The Sabata Trilogy on Blu-ray
Bloody Bastard Baby: The Monster/I Don't Want to Be Born on Blu-ray
Night of the Animated Dead: Director Jason Axinn Interview
The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt - Interview with Director/Star Ian Boldsworth
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
  Rim of the World Aliens ruin summer camp
Year: 2019
Director: McG
Stars: Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores Jr, Alessio Scalzotto, Andrew Bachelor, Annabeth Gish, Scott MacArthur, Dean Jagger, Michael Beach, Lynn Collins, David Theune, Tony Cavalero, Carl McDowell, Punam Patel, Jason Rogel
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  3 (from 1 vote)
Review: No sooner does Alex (Jack Gore), an awkward, insecure kid grieving for his late father, start summer camp at 'Rim of the World' alongside intimidating mystery girl Zhen-Zhen (Miya Cech), obnoxious rich boy Darius (Benjamin Flores Jr.) and goodhearted delinquent Gabriel (Alessio Scalzotto) when the world is suddenly invaded by aliens! Instead of learning to canoe and climb rope the kids end up on the run from terrifying space monsters. When a scientist entrusts Alex with a key carrying the secret to stop the invasion he and the other kids must conquer their fears, band together and save the world.

With Rim of the World Netflix seemingly set out to replicate the formula that served them so well in their mega-hit show Stranger Things: kids, sci-fi, monsters and a 1980s aesthetic. The space monsters certainly resemble the creatures from Stranger Things but the film also lifts plot motifs and visual cues from the likes of Space Camp (1986), Explorers (1985) and, inevitably for this subgenre, The Goonies (1985). It wants to convey an old fashioned sense of giddy adventure with a heart-warming message celebrating friendship and emotional maturation yet is undone at every turn by insincerity and crassness. A non-stop barrage of crude sexual references, relentless sarcasm and cringe-worthy attempts at ironic humour are at odds with its sporadic attempts at Spielbergian wonder.

Given screenwriter Zach Stentz has a relative form with X-Men: First Class (2011), Thor (2011) and Agent Cody Banks (2003) it is tempting to lay the blame with director McG whose own track record leaves him a less than ideal choice to helm a children's film. Nevertheless many of the film’s problems stem from its script. Specifically the characterization of its child heroes. With the exception of anxiety-ridden Alex and likable Gabriel, the kids are abrasive wiseasses liable to grate on most viewers’ nerves. Lone black kid Darius is an especially appalling caricature whose crude antics seem there solely to justify the film's delight in humiliating him at every opportunity. McG handles the action sequences capably enough, often via immersive P.O.V. sequences that prove surprisingly effective. But the film has a strange way of undermining its own attempts at staging suspenseful or emotionally engaging scenes. At one point it lifts the 'raptors in the kitchen' sequence from Jurassic Park only to then bizarrely evoke a famous scene from the other big Steven Spielberg film from 1993 Schindler's List of all things when the kids hide from the alien inside a shit-caked latrine. Scenes like that coupled with tasteless Rosa Parks and 9/11 jokes, references to Werner Herzog (kids love Herzog, right?) and lame attempts at breaking the fourth wall (two camp counsellors ponder why they talk like black characters in a movie made by white folks) leave the viewer wondering just what kind of audience is this film for?

It is all the more unfortunate given the second half proves more interesting. Things take an interesting turn when Alex and the other kids debate whether or not to free a prison inmate left behind by police. There is also a Breakfast Club like scene where each of the kids share their personal pain leading to a fairly clever climax wherein each must face their own anxieties in order play their part in stopping the alien threat. Unfortunately up to this point the film plays things with such a cynical tongue in cheek that its would-be tear-jerking pathos falls flat.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam


This review has been viewed 279 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film


McG  (1970 - )

American director whose flashy promo work for bands like Smash Mouth and Sugar Ray led him to helm 2000s big-screen update Charlie's Angels and its 2003 sequel, along with a blockbusting Terminator sequel. This Means War was an expensive flop, and 3 Days to Kill did not quite revitalise Kevin Costner's stardom. Also worked on the trashy TV show Fastlane. Real name Joseph McGinty Nichol.

Review Comments (1)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt


Last Updated: