PG-13, 99 minutes, Monster
It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! Finding an opening in my schedule has proven a little difficult what with the holiday season beginning, but I finally managed to watch the fifth installment in the Tremors franchise I’ve been fawning over for the past month.
Burt is back! And this time the graboid hunt has taken him to South Africa where an ass blaster has made a sudden appearance. Having believed he contained graboids and their kin to the North American continent, Burt rushes across the world to take on the new threat. He takes along his new videographer, Travis (Jamie Kennedy), but when the two arrive they find a new menace lurking in the night. To make matters worse, Burt’s guns have been confiscated by local authorities and his tried and true methods of hunting aren’t going to work on the beasts.
Forget my previous posts, this movie has the highest production value in the Tremors series. The camera work is crisp, the acting is corn free, and the CG is dramatically improved. Sadly, however, it has come to the point where they’re no longer using puppets… But we are still given guts!
While the new monsters are impressive, I was notably disappointed by the lack of previous storyline. One character is mentioned and another is parodied in a graphic, but we’re never shown Perfection, El Blanco’s name is never uttered, and the Mixmaster arc is obviously said and done. If you were expecting something, I’m in the same boat as you. My only hope is that somehow these elements are at least given a proper burial in the upcoming Tremors television series.
The movie isn’t a disappointment. Not at all. I enjoyed it. Aside from the lack of E.B. my only real complaint is the additional characters. I realized that the original creative team had nothing to do with this installment, but Tremors is typically a buddy team up. This time ’round we’re given two locals and a little girl–characters I know full well we’ll never see again. The focus shift between them and Burt’s team is a little on the awkward side as I found myself not caring because, well, Burt.
It seems like every few years, just when I’ve run out of patience and begin combing the net for news on the series, something new has sprung up. I’ve had my fill, but knowing there is more to come continues to make me eager. To the crew in charge of Tremors: I look forward to viewing your work. Please just don’t forget about ol’ Burt.
Rating: Watch it, even if you’re unfamiliar with the series.
Watch: Because Tremors.
Don’t watch: If you don’t like the series.