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Monster Trucks Blu-ray Review

Monster Trucks

“Monster Trucks” crashes and burns.

When I first heard the title, I thought “Monster Trucks” was going to be an animated movie about monster trucks, but that’s not the case. The title has been taken literally as the sort of monsters essentially control trucks. Yes, it’s as dumb as it sounds.

Set in a small North Dakota town, “Monster Trucks” begins with the Terravex Oil Company drilling for oil. Upon doing so, they encounter 3 strange oil guzzling creatures. Knowing this could jeopardize the drill, the company tries to cover it up, but one of the creatures escapes. Enter Tripp, a high school kid/part time junkyard worker who has his head in the clouds. He wants out of the town and wants a car (which is he currently trying to build). As you can probably guess, Tripp winds up encountering the creature and the two begin to form a special bond. With Terravex hot on their trail, Tripp, a high school classmate (Meredith), and someone else (won’t say who) have to work together to try and save these rare creatures.

“How did this movie make it to production?” That’s the first thought that came to mind after the credits rolled on “Monster Trucks.” Had this film been about actual towering monster trucks, it may have been successful. As is, it’s a weird “E.T.” and “Free Willy” hybrid that didn’t find an audience and was entirely mismarketed. From the trailers, one would think this would be a dopey family film, and while there are goofy moments and truck centric set pieces, it’s actually a pretty self-serious movie with an eco friendly message which makes the movie even more baffling. The movie is tonally all over the place as it never commits to what it wants to be. Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Is it a family film? Is it an environmental film? Is it a vehicular action movie? Who knows!

The script itself is also generally woeful. While the environmental message is poignant, the story is essentially a series of conveniences with many moments bizarrely happening offscreen. The only time the movie comes alive is during the car chases which are well done.

As embarrassing as the movie may be, it does boast quite an impressive cast that contains Thomas Lennon, Rob Lowe, Lucas Till, Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Barry Pepper, Amy Ryan, and Holt McCallany. Till (the star of the film) is entirely too old for the role and I never bought him in it at all. Levy, bless her, is giving the movie her all and is easily the best part of the entire production, but she is also too old to be a high school student. Everyone else is pretty by the book. They don’t bring much to the table here and who can blame them?


Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? The sharp hi-def transfer does not disappoint.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? From the engine roars to the creature sounds, this track delivers.

* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* 2 Monster Truck decals.
* 6 deleted scenes.
* An amusing enough gag reel.
* 10 production diaries that even includes a deleted scene.
* “Creating The Monster Truck”- A featurette that contains film clips, interviews, and discussions about the monster truck design.
* “The Monster In The Truck”- Another featurette that mostly delves into the CGI.
* “Who’s Driving The Monster Trucks?”- A featurette about the cast.


April 6, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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