Like so many movies before, I end up catching things late at night that I always enjoy. Tremors, though not known for, well, anything special really, is one of those late night, good times all around movies.
Earl (Fred Ward) and Val (Kevin Bacon) are hired hands (No, handymen, argues Val) who live out in the middle of the Nevada desert near the little (and I do mean little) town called Perfection. However, Perfection is far from what its name states. While doing their work of fixing fences, pumping septic tanks, and other odd jobs, they find a strange string of deaths that include both people and livestock. Forget it, theyre out of there or at least they would be if the road werent blocked. Go figure.
They soon find out (the hard way) that the reason behind the deaths, as well as the reason behind the weird seismographic readings Rhonda (Finn Carter), a university student out doing fieldwork, has been gathering, are huge creatures that dig their way through the ground, sensing out their meals via vibrations. The plan? Get themselves and all of the other 8 people out of Perfection and into the mountains where the monsters (a.k.a. Graboids) cant get them because of the rock. It would be easy if the mountains werent 50 or so miles away and if the Graboids werent digging the town out from under them
You can call me a dork for enjoying this movie all you want, but I could care less. I love all the dialogue, corny as it may be (some I think is quite clever actually I love Val and Earls banter) and the characters are simple. After all, this isnt a movie that needs a whole lot of character development, not to say that there isnt any; you get a fair sense of the way Earl and Val think and act towards things. Its amusing how they keep asking Rhonda about the creatures when shes not even in the field of biology. Burt is a great character, just for fun. Michael Gross does a good job with it. And Reba McEntire as his wife makes for a good match, accent, manner, and all. Yeah, thats right - Reba. In fact, even if theyre not developed, all the characters are nice and unique so that it doesnt matter much.
Of course, there are things that are lame. You cant exactly have this movie exist without some lameness being present. But thats to be expected. I must say though, the special effects, though not multi-million dollar awesome, are still pretty decent. Come on folks, you know there is worse out there. Think of any bad Sci-Fi channel movie (Abominable, Pterodactyl, Sasquatch, all of which, I might add, Ive never seen in full) that has computer generated effects that are absolutely horrible. Tremors beats out any of those movies, hands down, even without computer effects, something I personally enjoy these days since I can spot a computer generated image a mile away (yeah, I miss the old school Star Wars effects). The Graboids, though not perfect, are rather impressive and done so that there is actual hands on interaction between character and monster. Hooray!
It isnt going to scare you. It probably wont impress you (well, you never know ). In fact Im not even entirely sure what its supposed to do. But what I do know is that its a fun movie to watch, just for kicks and laughs. Thats why I watch it at least. And again, even if its corny/cliché, or whatever, I like the end. ^_~
P.S. Do you see that cover? That is not what they look like.
Viewing Format: DVD
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