65 – Film Review

Director: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods

Writers: Scott Beck and Bryan Woods

Starring: Adam Driver and Ariana Greenblatt

Rating: ★★½

65 is written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who also wrote the original A Quiet Place film. It’s a sci-fi action film that’s set 65 million years ago and follows Mills (Adam Driver) a spaceship pilot who crash lands on Earth before the existence of humankind. With Mills is Koa (Ariana Greenblatt) the only other survivor of the ship. Together they must find the last remaining escape pod to get off the planet and get back home.

Almost immediately this film gives off a b-movie vibe. The premise is a little goofy, but that’s not a problem, as long as you switch your mind off and don’t think about any of it too much. It’s all very predictable and you can pretty much guess how the plot will workout straight away. Mills and Koa bond, in a way that’s reminiscent of The Last of Us, as they try to survive together and they are both likable characters to make it work. There’s some tense scenes and some decent action, but nothing spectacular.

There are some neat ideas throughout the film. Mills and Koa don’t speak the same language so they have to find different ways to communicate with each other. Koa’s family died in the crash, but Mills isn’t able to explain that so ends up just letting her believe they’re still alive. Mills’s backstory is more fleshed out as the story goes on, which is one of the better bits . Some of the gadgets that Mills have are pretty cool, and they’re used in inventive ways. Surprisingly it’s also quite funny and has some genuinely good jokes in it.

65 is neither amazing nor terrible. It’s watchable and enjoyable enough while it’s on, but once it’s over it will slip from your mind quicker than its short run-time.

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About ashleymanningwriter

Young Adult Fiction writer. Horror and fantasy blended together.
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