Under the Mountain 2009

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(32) IMDb 4.9/10
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When teenage twins Rachel and Theo investigate the creepy old house next door they discover the Wilberforces - weird creatures lurking underneath Auckland's extinct volcanoes. With their cousin and the mysterious Mr Jones they must rekindle powers and destroy this evil before it gets to them.

Starring:
Sam Neill, Tom Cameron
Runtime:
1 hour 26 minutes

Under the Mountain

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Product Details

Genres Children & Family, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, International
Director Jonathan King
Starring Sam Neill, Tom Cameron
Supporting actors Matthew Chamberlain, Oliver Driver, Matt Gillanders, Bruce Hopkins
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE on 16 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
If you want a bit of teenage adventure and special effects then buy this. It has just about everything you could want for an evening's viewing. It's aimed at youngsters, but I watched it with a couple of adults and we all agreed it was worth a look (well, it kept us quiet!)

There's a creepy house that used to be a funeral home with a strange family that lives there, a pair of red-headed twins who share a psychic link and a strange older man who seems to be able to conjure fire out of thin air. When it turns out that there are aliens about and the house is full of slime you know you're in for a bit of adventure.

Sam Neill does a good turn as Mr Jones who might or might not be a goodie. We're not sure about this from the prologue where he leaves two earlier red-headed twins to their fate. Tom Cameron, despite looking like Prince Harry in a lot of shots, makes a believable teenage hero, stubborn and headstrong but finally winning the game by linking with his sister. Sophie Mcbride plays the vulnerable side of Rachel with ease and her character probably has the most depth in this film.

Yes, the special effects aren't the best in the world, but they are creepy enough to do the job. The secret tunnels into the mountain look like enormous sphincters which isn't a good look, but kids wouldn't notice. The aliens transformations worked nicely with just the hint of 1970s television.

Sit back and let yourself go into this movie; if you're prepared to let the kid in you out you'll enjoy it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 5 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
Bought this as one of a selection to keep the kids occupied on rainy summer holidays. This was a well made, interesting tale, with some good acting and stunning scenery. It was good enough that my wife and I enjoyed it as well as my 11 or 7 year olds. I'd recommend it for children 7-15
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Simon Reece on 18 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I ordered this as I have been a long standing fan of the talented Mr Neill. Didn't know what to expect but guessed it was a low budget affair so didn't really hope for much.
My other half scoffed and took the mick when he saw my purchase..."that'll be another pile of crap to add to the collection then" he laughed...
The film started ok, a little slow and the youngsters were slightly...er...weak!
Then it kind of warmed and sped up a little. The acting got better, the effects were suprisingly good and the story had some great tense moments.
By the end of it, my fella was as tense as me and as the credits rolled I got an apology!
Sam Neill is dark, brooding and full of remorse and makes the character totally believable. There is one little moment where he describes some of his past that I found a bit 'hammy' and think it could possibly have been written better but other than that...really enjoyable, well acted and quite solid.
I would recomend this if you like Sam Neill, if you like low budget movies or if you fancy something slightly different. It's more like a TV movie than a full blown thing but certainly worth a watch. It has the right amount of 'creepiness' and the bad guys are seriously spine tingling!
I don't care if it's aimed at young teens...I'm 44 and my fella is 32 and we totally enjoyed it. We showed it at our monthly film night and our group of friends also thought it was a great little movie...
Go buy it!:)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LES JOHNS on 27 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It is a very tongue in cheek movie, a lot of fun to watch and doesn't take itself to seriously.
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Actually, the film could have been OK. The story/plot was good(ish), the effects were passable, the filming was good by comparison to a kid with a smartphone. The acting otherwise was, well, sort of acceptable in many places.

But that di**head of a brother character was well beyond what any normal human being could do and not in a good way. Talk about monumental stupidity. Even the friend character could see that things, while not what he should normally take notice of, were certainly not panning out as some weird hallucination - this had to be happening, even given his current state of hormonal distraction. Thus, he got it together and tried to help. Bravo Faith in humanity partially restored. Unfortunately, nice try, however it was a case of too little, too late.

BTW, the uncle & aunt's comment; "You trash our house!"[sic] Did they actually take a close enough look at the damage, so they might begin to explain how the front door melted, without any heat? It's the little things, I guess...

But the twin brother? "Hell no! I'm going to play my role of some deep and 'alternative' teenager, no matter what happens! I'm cool! Invincible! I don't need anyone, even if it kills anyone else! Even my sister! I am IT!" Oh for f+++'s sake, who does this!? Only the most deranged wa*ker imaginable could be capable of such self-centred introspection, or am I being too kind here? Is this in fact what actually passes for genuine thought in the mind of the confused young person today?
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