Monster Trucks (2016) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Monster Trucks (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    Truck yeah!

  • Starring:

    Lucas Till, Jane Levy, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper, Rob Lowe, Danny Glover, Amy Ryan, Holt McCallany, Tucker Albrizzi, Frank Whaley

  • Directed by:

    Chris Wedge

  • Running time:

    104 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters are shot with tranquiliser darts, captured/held in tanks, near-crushed, pursued, thrown through the air/to the ground/out of vehicles, ridiculed, grabbed, dragged, pushed, slapped, slammed against truck, splashed with paint, doused in poison, experimented upon, squirted with water, elbowed, near-drowned, arrested. Oil pipes burst causing explosions. A man dangles precariously over a high cliff edge. Reckless driving, vehicles sideswiped/shunted/rammed, vehicle rollovers/spinouts/collisions/flip, vehicles shot at. A truck drives over vehicles, a truck smashes through a trailer, a truck crashes into vehicles/objects, a truck rams another vehicle causing it to drive over a cliff. Crushed/crushing vehicles, holes in vehicles, wrecked cars, vehicles hit with objects/kicked. Conspirators plan to poison a nest of creatures. A creature breaks through a windscreen to attack a driver. A vehicle and driver fall into a drop. Burning road (flare). Objects thrown/knocked over/thumped with fists. A teen boy plays a violent video game in the background (characters seen shooting/getting shot/possible blood spatter). Creaking/roaring sounds, screaming. A girl says she might die here (referring to a hopeless future), she might get abducted walking home. POWs, Stockholm Syndrome, falsifying environmental protection reports, lying to the media, going to prison mentioned. Blood/gore: None. Man in wheelchair.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting, handholding, hugging. Cleavage, skimpy clothing, top of butt crack. A young man fantasises taking an imaginary hitchhiker and her imaginary sisters to Coachella.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A creature is shot with tranquiliser darts/sedated. Alcohol (spirits).

  • LANGUAGE:

    What the..? What the heck? Oh my gosh. Dump. Name-calling (go-getter, vandals, squishy piece of squish, smelly, land squid, blob, mucous twins, slugs, things, slimebag, etc). Religious exclamations (God).

  • THEMES:

    Monsters, new animal species, family, betrayal, auto mechanics, vehicle modifications, hive intelligence, unlikely friendships, oil drilling, evil corporations, biology, tutoring, bioluminescence, train-dodging.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Estranged father/husband. Vehicle repossessed. Creatures with slimy skin, tentacles, sharp teeth, big eyes, etc. Dogs, horse, pigeons, horned lizards. Cat photos. Burping, vomiting.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fast-paced, fun, high-concept, innocuous, goofy, ridiculous, perky, energetic, chaotic, childish, cute, good-natured, simple, safe, gleeful. Family friendly, inventive/entertaining chase sequences, fun/hilarious/enjoyable moments from Rob Lowe and Thomas Lennon, strong/simmering chemistry between Lucas Till and Jane Levy; will please its young/undiscerning target audience, has throwback charm.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Tone-deaf, clunky, nonsensical, lame, recycled, hackneyed, silly. Bland direction, sub-par animation/action, significant product placement, equally promotes gas-guzzling SUVs and environmental protection issues.

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