The Bottom Line: “Exit the grave Awake ... unearthed Believing truth thought once absurd” ~Crimson Thorn
It’s become a sad state of affairs when a movie is just so lame that you grow no attachment to the characters involved. Even worse, it seems that the critters are all starting to look alike. You’d think, this being made in 2007, there would be some new whammy-jammy but, no, still the tired old take off of a cross between the creature from Alien and the 1998 version of Godzilla with the extended snout and sleek tail.
It’s like you can almost determine the age of the creators because these were the movies that drove them to this profession and they are sticking to that style. It’s a whole new world, time to get a new style and new monsters. We are tired of all the same old thing. And we are doubly tired of these sexy, perfect looking people in these movies that look like they stepped of the set of a soap opera.
Give us some grit! A little splashed blood and a few puncture wounds does not make a movie. We want someone to root for and we want a critter that will raise the small hairs on the back of our necks. Unfortunately it seems like the only critters that scare us anymore are of the human sort. Well, that is enough ranting, on with the show.
Unearthed was written and directed by Matthew Leutwyler. He received no awards. It is rated R for violence, gore, and language. I will say that for the most part any gore we see is in the aftermath or so quick and in such darkened areas that it really doesn’t amount to that much. Turn on the news some night if you want to see violence and gore.
This is centered in a desert area around an archaeological dig. I never really got the drift if this was a true dig or one that was being conducted on the sly. Anyway, the diggee, Kale, releases some critter that has been in suspended animation for 900 years or so. It’s a long dang time before you get a real look at the critter but the initial shots involve some gooey substance and what looks like maggots. Apparently those are only the incubus of the thing because later it is a large dude with an impressive set of teeth.
The sheriff is called into action because a tanker has turned over on the highway, cutting off all access to the area and knocking out the utilities. In addition, the local cattle is found dead and they believe there is a vagrant wolf in the area. They are none too pleased to call the sheriff because she is on a short list anyway and, more or less, the town drunk. It doesn’t take a skippy minute for things to start going bad once the critter is let loose and it has a rather strange group of people holed up in a gas station.
How these people come together, even WHY do these people come together, is a mystery in and of itself. Yes, the road is blocked and, yes, they have no gas, so no one call fill up even if they could go anywhere. Who are these people and what are they doing here in the first place? We learn absolutely nothing about them and could care less if any or all of them become fodder for the critter. Just about the only two people we learn anything about are the sheriff and the poor guy that drove the tanker truck. He was in the movie like, I don’t know, 3 scenes, and we knew all about his life. Him, I felt sorry for.
As far as the sheriff, she was involved, somehow, in the death of a child. Exactly how or what is never truly stated, and this is why she has turned to alcohol. And if it was that bad, why didn’t she lose her job before this? Oh, really, who cares. Back to the critter.
Maybe this critter was dropped from space originally. How it came about, way back then, was never discovered, but fortunately we still have someone in the movie with a brain cell left that is willing to find a way to rid the Earth forever of its presence.
Overall it could have been a better movie. A lot of the shots were so dark you lost track, and the Indian girl, Nodin, looked too much like the sheriff and I was always getting them confused. Also, there were too many extraneous people in the movie whose parts had no value and just cluttered everything up. Less people would have maybe given us someone to root for except the critter.
Actors involved were Emmanuelle Vaugier as the sheriff, Luke Goss as Kale, Tonantzin Carmelo as Nodin, Charles Murphy, Beau Garrett, Tommy Dewey, Miranda Bailey, Russell Means, and Mark Kelly as the poor truck driver. Nobody shined in their part but, then again, neither did the script.