Rim of the World (2019)

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Nostalgia is a big thing in film and television at the moment.  Stranger Things reminded us all of movies like The Goonies and Stand By Me – and there have been quite a few properties developed lately, that attempt to capitalise on that.

For this Netflix original, Director McG of Charlie’s Angels fame, and writer Zack Stentz, mostly known for his work on superhero properties, have assembled a cast of young and relatively unknown actors – for their own attempt at nostalgia.

Four misfit teenagers join forces to save the world when an alien invasion interrupts their summer camp.

Does Rim of the World work though?

Sure it does.  The movie gets to the point fast, which is good for interests sake.  The core group of child actors are all believable and good in their roles – I’m sure they’ll all start popping up a lot more soon.  The visual effects are produced with the use of both CGI, and practical – at least from the looks of it – which works well for added nostalgia value.

It’s an alien invasion movie, so definitely not rooted in reality, but it’s wildly entertaining, and could be fun for the whole family.  I have to warn you that there is quite a bit of swearing – nothing too serious, just a lot of “shits” and a few sexual references, so maybe not for smaller kids.

It’s not overly original, but for what it is, it’s quite enjoyable (regardless of what IMDB message boards say). 

This won’t be remembered with fondness in thirty years like The Goonies, but it’s fine for right now.. but as usual, make up your own mind…

7/10

Review by Rick Trewin

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