“65” is a 2023 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods and starring Adam Driver and Ariana Greenblatt. It is a co-production between Columbia Pictures, Bron Creative, Raimi Productions, TSG Entertainment, and Beck/Woods. In the film, a pilot crashes on an unknown planet, which turns out to be Earth during the Cretaceous period, and fights to survive the dangerous prehistoric environment.
65 was released in the United States on March 10, 2023, by Sony Pictures Releasing. It received mixed reviews from critics and has also grossed $55 million worldwide.
Review of movie “65” :
A long time ago before mankind’s history, on the distant technologically advanced planet Somaris, pilot Mills convinces his wife that he should take on a two-year space expedition to earn money needed to treat their daughter Nevine’s illness. However, on the journey back to Somaris, his spaceship is hit by a mass of asteroids and crash-lands on an uncharted planet. With his ship damaged and split in half, he finds that his passengers have been killed and contemplates suicide until he finds a lone survivor, a young girl named Koa. Mills decides to take care of Koa. However, the two have difficulty communicating due to differing languages and a broken translator. The unknown planet is then revealed to be Earth 65 million years ago during the Cretaceous period.
Mills later discovers that the other half of the ship contains a functioning escape shuttle and sends a distress beacon for rescue. Mills tells Koa that they’re going to the mountain where the shuttle is located, although he lies about her parents being alive to encourage her to go with him. As they traverse the planet, they bond, while Mills protects Koa from dinosaurs.
As they spend the night near a cave opening, Koa watches several video messages sent by Nevine. The two are attacked by a giant theropod, which they wound before hiding in the cave. After a rockfall separates them, Mills is attacked by a cave dwelling dinosaur and Koa is attacked by a raptor like creature which she traps in a fallen tree log and uses bombs Mills had given to her earlier in the cave before they were separated, to blow up the trapped dinosaur. Mills kills the cave dwelling creature and escapes the cave only to run through the forest searching for Koa. As he is running through the forest he falls into quicksand and begins yelling for Koa. As he sinks into the quicksand Koa, who has reached Mills, climbs onto a tree and lowers a branch for Mills to grasp, which helps him escape the quicksand and they happily reunite. Upon checking his guide Mills also discovers that a massive asteroid, whose debris caused their ship to crash, will strike Earth in less than 12 hours, triggering a catastrophic extinction event.
The two reach the ship, but Koa is angry when she discovers that Mills lied to her. Mills opens up to Koa about losing Nevine, who had died of her illness while Mills was away, and promises to protect her. Upon learning rescue is on the way, the two board the escape shuttle, but the asteroid’s debris causes it to fall down the mountain. Mills and Koa manage to fend off two large Tyrannosaurus rex, but the same quadrapedal theropod that they injured earlier starts attacking them before they manage to kill it with a geyser blast. The two quickly return to the ship and blast off towards rescue as the asteroid collides with Earth, wiping out 70% of all life on the planet.
During the Credits, it shows the aftermath of the extinction thus moving forward, showing the world’s evolution
Cast of the movie “65” :
- Adam Driver as Mills
- Ariana Greenblatt as Koa
- Chloe Coleman as Nevine
- Nika King as Nevine’s mom
Production of the movie “65” :
In September 2020, Adam Driver signed on to star in the film, to be produced, written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods; Sam Raimi would co-produce with Zainab Azizi and Debbie Liebling. Two months later, Ariana Greenblatt joined the cast. In December 2020, Chloe Coleman joined the cast.
Principal photography was expected to begin on November 16, 2020, in New Orleans, eventually beginning by December 7, 2020.Filming also occurred in the Kisatchie National Forest in Vernon Parish, Louisiana in January 2021, being halfway into production by January 16, wrapping up on February 21, 2021.Additionally, several locations in Oregon were used for filming, including Meyer’s Creek Beach in Gold Beach, Coos Bay, Whaleshead Beach in Brookings, Agness and Elk Creek Falls.
The visual effects were created by Framestore, and Ghost VFX with Chris Harvey serving as a visual effects supervisor. Shot with a budget of $91 million, the final cost of the film was $45 million after tax rebates.
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