Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)

Number Rolled: 62
Movie Name/Year: Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001)
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Length: 103 minutes
Rating: PG
Director: Brent Maddock
Writer: S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock, Nancy Roberts, John Whelpley
Actors: Michael Gross, Shawn Christian, Susan Chuang, Charlotte Stewart, Ariana Richards, Tony Genaro, Barry Livingston, John Pappas, Robert Jayne, Billy Rieck, Tom Everett

Burt Gummer has made a career out of hunting sub-terrestrial creatures, but everyone has to return home sometime. Back in perfection he’s welcomed back as an old friend, though he’s noticed a change in the status quo. There’s a new man, Desert Jack Sawyer, treating Perfection as a theme park and collecting money from tourists looking to lay eyes on a real live Graboid. As Burt attempts to get used to the new ways of the town, Desert Jack’s tour is getting a little too real.

I can honestly say that I really just like the entire series. I haven’t seen the fourth one, but I’ve decided to stop underestimating these movies. I didn’t think the first one would be great, and it blew me away. I thought the second one would be pointless and I loved it. With the third one, I really thought it’d be just an extension of “been-there, done-that” and turned out to be hilarious and original. The only other series I’ve enjoyed as much as “Tremors” is “Jurassic Park.”

One can’t go into this series, however, expecting a huge blockbuster kind of setting or special effects. It’s a cult classic instead of a top earner for just that reason. It has to be that, it certainly wasn’t the plot.

The acting was a little overbearing, but that comes with the territory in this kind of movie. With a lower budget and a more fun-time script, the actors are bound to have a lot of fun and a little less sharp emotion to their performances. That, in no way, means I thought any of them were unbelievable. Considering exactly what they had to act out, I’m impressed any of them pushed through the hysterical laughter long enough to utter a single line.

I have an issue with the rating. I do not, under any circumstances, believe that this movie was rated PG. I think that might have been a Netflix glitch or the committee in charge of ratings was falling-down-drunk when they decided this one. At the very least, it’s rated PG-13. Despite the orange-colored blood, the movie can get fairly gory and if they used any of the minor curses even one more time it might as well have been an episode of “South Park.”

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 3.7/5
Overall Opinion – 3.5/5

The Random Rating: PG-13 – for language and action violence

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