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’65’ Movie Review

Sep 20, 2023 | Admit One

For those seeking their next dinosaur fix after Jurassic World Dominion, this one’s for you!  In a delightful twist on the B-movie trope of space explorers crash-landing on a distant planet to find it millions of years behind in evolution, 65 stars Adam Driver as a grieving pilot from a distant planet, who crash-lands on Earth 65 million years ago, just at the end of the Cretaceous period dominated by such notable creatures as T-Rex and Velociraptor.

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Release Date: 3/10/2023
Director: Scott Beck & Bryan Woods
Rotten Tomatoes: 34%
iMBD: 5.4/10
Where to Watch: Apple TV, Netflix, Prime Video, ROW8, or Vudu

However, like all great B-movies, 65 plays fast and loose with science, using the opportunity to combine many dinosaurs into movie monsters that would look more at home alongside the genetic hybrids of Jurassic World than anything found in a museum.  Writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (also the film’s directors) wasted no time ensuring the ecosystem of prehistoric Earth was accurately populated.  Don’t expect any herbivores in this movie; from beginning to end it’s carnivores and nothing but carnivores.

When Adam Driver finds himself caretaking the only other survivor of his downed transport, a young girl (played by Ariana Greenblatt, familiar from her recent roles in Star Wars, Marvel, and Barbie,) one might fear the movie would become bogged down with dynamic, character-driven, surrogate dad-daughter, True Grit-style bonding to allow the actors to shine.

That is not the case here.  This film knows viewers are watching for one reason and one reason only: dinosaur survival action.  So, unfortunately for the actors but fortunately for the film’s runtime, the writer/director duo decided to make both characters separate races who speak different languages, forcing them to rely on non-verbal communication for much of the movie.  This means it’s pure survival from beginning to end.  The above ratings don’t lie about the quality of film you’re in for, but if you’re watching this long after its theatrical release, you can never go wrong with a little home viewing of B-movie dinosaur violence.


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