Monster Trucks

Monster Trucks

(2017)

A teen finds a monster in a truck in this family adventure. Stars Lucas Till (X-Men: Apocalypse). From the director of Epic... More

Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into - or at least a distraction - Tripp (Till), a high school senior, builds a monster truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.Hide

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Cars transforming into robots? Talking fish, toys, vehicles and emoticons? Yeah, well now we have a Hollywood family movie about a truck. With a monster hiding in it. Dumb? Hell yeah. Fun for kids and pre-teens? Hell yeah, again.... More

Rob Lowe’s the greedy, bad, company guy drilling for oil. When his drill hits water, he pushes on, unleashing weirdly cute, squiddy, CGI creatures. One escapes, hiding in a local junkyard, where teenager Tripp (Lucas Till) is working on building a flat-bed truck. Can you guess where the monster hides from the authorities hunting it down? Would it spoil it if I mention the film’s title?

As the token “clever” girl, Jane Levy has little to do, and as Trip’s mom, Cindy, Amy Ryan has even less. But with a plot and characters this two-dimensional, it’s all about the sight gags and car chases. Adults might get a kick out of seeing the likes of Danny Glover pop up in a movie clearly paying homage to 1980s family fare, from the likes of *batteries not included and Flight of the Navigator to Gremlins.

As the crazy Doc Brown-style scientist, Thomas Lennon adds some fun, but ultimately director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) knows his audience is young, and plays the slight, silly, and special effects laden story solidly, right up to its inevitable whizz-bang, CGI finale. I could be mean, but hell it’s a movie about a monster in a truck, and the kids around me clearly had a ball.Hide


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  • It has tentacles and hot wheels, yes, but not the legs or bright ideas to sustain itself. Full Review

  • "Monster Trucks" feels like a throwback to the era of "a boy and his (magical) dog" movies - though these stories have significantly lost their charm since the industry switched from practical to digital effects. Full Review

  • Transformers-lite for Finding Dory fans who can't wait to drive. Full Review

  • A tone-deaf mix of live action and computer-generated animation that never engagingly clicks into gear. Full Review

  • A ludicrous concept is given pace and goofy humour but it doesn’t give its human characters enough room to shine amid the set piece car chases. Full Review

  • ...if you like trucks and/or monsters and have 102 minutes with absolutely nothing better to do, give it a spin. Full Review

  • An eco-fable devoid of didactic overkill, delivered with energy, winking mischief, unobtrusive effects and a skilled cast. Full Review

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