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Under the Mountain (2009)

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Teenage twins battle dark forces hidden beneath Auckland's volcanoes.

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Jonathan King

Writers:

Maurice Gee (novel), Matthew Grainger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cameron Tom Cameron ... Theo
Sophie McBride Sophie McBride ... Rachel
Oliver Driver ... Mr. Wilberforce
Leon Wadham ... Ricky
Chelsea McEwan Millar Chelsea McEwan Millar ... Clementine
Nathaniel Lees ... Detective Gray
Nathan Meister ... Johan / Lenart
Matthew Sunderland ... Wilberforce Drone 1
Toi Iti Toi Iti ... County Policeman
Bruce Hopkins ... Richard Matheson
Michaela Rooney Michaela Rooney ... Aunt Kay
Matthew Chamberlain Matthew Chamberlain ... Uncle Cliff
Miriama Kamo Miriama Kamo ... News Reader
Gareth Reeves ... Wilberforce Drone 2
Wayne Gordon Wayne Gordon ... Wilberforce Drone 4
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After their mother dies, teen twins Rachel and Theo are sent to live with relatives in Auckland, where they come across three alien races. The seven shapeshifting Wilberforces love all things rotten and seek to lay waste all of Earth through the power of the seven Gargantua, enormous slug-like creatures trapped, one apiece, under Auckland's seven volcanoes but soon to free themselves. Mr. Jones is an alien too, the surviving twin of a pair come to use their fire powers on the other aliens. Only twins can unleash the firepower from a set of magic stones, but after failure with a previous set of twins, Jones hasn't much hope for Rachel and Theo, though he doesn't know they can tele-communicate with each other. Written by statmanjeff

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Rated PG-13 for frightening action and peril, and for some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2009 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

As Pedras de Fogo See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$662,879
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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Theo: What would your old man say if he knew what you were doing in here last night?
Ricky: I wasn't doing anything thanks to you. What do you want?
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Remake of Under the Mountain (1981) See more »

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How to turn an original story into just another Hollywood formula "product"
21 December 2009 | by blue-3See all my reviews

First, find a highly original story such as a book by Maurice Gee.

Second, get a named actor (Sam Neill would do and he's a pretty good sport). Some aspiring young amateurs will come cheaply -- and they'd probably like an excuse to get out of school. If the young ones are meant to be sympathetic characters, so much the better if they're good looking.

Third, leave out all the originality of the story, and replace it with your favourite Hollywood formula, particularly ones with truculent teenagers. Keep most of the character names or you might be accused of originality of your own. Keeping the location might be useful, but not necessarily. Maybe not a good idea to change the location to New York because too many people know what it looks like, and it would cost too much to film there.

Fourth, get some nifty special effects. Fire always makes a good spectacle.

Fifth, get some cheap hair-dye to make some of the main characters' hair red, but don't mention what red hair has to do with the story -- maintain a bit of mystery.

And there you have it.

Easy.


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