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|Original title:||Monster Trucks|
|Genre:||Adventure, Action, Children's Movie|
|Production country:||USA 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 105 Min|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Tripp (Lucas Till) is fed up with life in the small town. His mother (Amy Ryan) as a policewoman earns just enough money to keep her afloat, his father has long since made off and he doesn't have any real friends at his school. Therefore he tinkers every free minute with his truck, with which he wants to leave the opponent as fast as possible after his graduation. But then something unbelievable happens: During oil drilling by an unscrupulous industrialist (Rob Lowe), living creatures are flushed to the earth's surface in a water reservoir deep underground. Two of them are captured, the third creature manages to escape to the scrap yard where Tripp screws his truck. After the first horror, the adorable monster Creech and the boy make friends and when it hides from its pursuers under Tripps Truck, it experiences an unexpected tuning - the beginning of a fast-paced adventure…
With "Monster Trucks", "Ice Age" creator Chris Wedge delivers his first real film. Unfortunately, he didn't really make this debut very well. It seems that Wedge tried to stage a family adventure in the spirit of 80s classics like "E.T.". He's obviously trying to give Tripp and his adorable monster Buddy exactly the charm that made fantasy adventures so worth seeing and timelessly beautiful for young viewers, especially through the friendship between Tripp and his lovable monster Buddy. But that just doesn't work here. The story is unfortunately a complete mess and full of logic holes and clichés.
The effects are quite nice to look at and Tripps tentacle friend Creech is also quite cute. But that's where it stops. The characters all remain colorless and never manage to make the viewer really interested in them. The friendship between the young truck fan and Creech is also too loveless to really touch you. Here Wedge can learn a lot from colleagues like Steven Spielberg. Without an emotional connection to the characters, there is only one completely silly action spectacle left, which not only makes little sense, but even less fun.
That's because Wedge tries too cramped to deliver a big popcorn movie here. But he simply doesn't have the right ingredients. A few nice effects and target-group-specific action inserts are not enough to be able to convince all along the line. Hopefully, the fact that the film is flopped at the US box office is a lesson for the studio bosses: a film doesn't only need a large budget (in this case it's said to have been up to 125 million dollars), but also a script that's only rudimentarily reasonable. In the case of "Monster Trucks" no one seems to have read that before this mess got the green light. A pity for all the talents in front of and behind the camera, all of whom deserved a better film, just like the viewers. Therefore also applies: Only conditionally worth seeing!
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