Rim of the World Movie Review
Rim of the World. It stars Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores Jr., and Alessio Scalzotto and was directed by McG. Rim of the World tells the story of four kids who are at summer camp when an alien invasion begins. They’re left stranded alone at the camp and must work together, not only to survive, but also to save humanity after being entrusted with the key to destroy the aliens.
So I have a friend from work who I talk movies with all the time and she has this knack for finding trailers for movies I’ve never heard of. A few weeks ago, she told me about this sci-fi alien summer camp movie coming to Netflix and we watched the trailer for Rim of the World. And, I’ve gotta say, it looked like it was gonna be really fun. It had that coming-of-age sci-fi adventure vibe like the Amblin movies of the 80s. The CGI looked a little iffy and it did seem like it was trying to ride on the coattails of Stranger Things a bit, but I was actually kinda looking forward to this one.
I can’t say that I’m disappointed. Well, I can cause I am, but it’s not like I was expecting anything brilliant from this movie. I mean, there’s a reason this was released on Netflix and not theatrically. It’s not a terrible movie, but something about it just let me down. I think part of the reason for this is that I’m not in the target audience for this movie, even though I thought I was based on the trailer.
There are quite a few innuendos and straight-up references and then there are other moments that are surprisingly brutal and gory if you’re going in with the mindset that this is a kid’s movie. I mean, a kid literally writes a note in his own blood and it’s treated like nothing weird happened. So, that puts this movie in a weird place. It’s too mature for kids to really enjoy, but it’s also too immature and poorly written for adults to enjoy. Rim of the World is kinda in this movie limbo.
It tries to save itself with literally countless movie references and while a few are enjoyable (like the homage to the Jurassic Park kitchen scene), most are just thrown out by characters for no real reason other than to make the reference. This premise had a lot of potentials, but ultimately Netflix is the right place for this movie. Alright, let’s talk about the pros and cons. The only real pro of this movie is its premise. Alien invasion dystopias and coming-of-age stories are nothing new, but they’re not frequently combined.
The summer camp setting actually held a lot of promise cause it’s not something you usually see in a sci-fi movie. Unfortunately, they don’t do anything interesting with the setting or even with the premise, for that matter. On the con side, this film’s biggest issue is its lack of a clear target audience. Even after watching it, I don’t know who this is for.
The writing and plot structure is more what you’d expect of a lower budget kid’s movie, but the gore and innuendos are geared for an older audience who are gonna be disappointed by the story. As I said, this movie’s in limbo: too juvenile for adults, but too mature for kids. Con number two is writing. This applies to both the plot aspects of the script as well as the dialogue. With the premise it has, this should be a fun adventure movie with bits of sci-fi and horror mixed in. Unfortunately, we get a really irritating character and so much tonal inconsistency.
The whole second act felt like the writers had a bunch of, wouldn’t it be cool if happened?! î ideas and then just threw them all into the script without bothering to try to connect them.
I was originally gonna give it 2.5, but the more I think about the movie, the less I like it. It had a really promising premise, but they squandered it with bad writing and a lot of questionable choices. I would recommend Rim of the World to people who are stuck in a perpetual Netflix browsing mode. If you’ve been click through Netflix for 20 minutes and still haven’t figured out what to watch yet, then this movie might be an okay option to throw on.
It’s not gonna blow you away, but it’s mildly entertaining at points and the plot’s loose enough that if you have it on in the background and you’re only half paying attention to it, you’re not really missing out on much. If you liked Rim of the World, I would recommend IT for its coming-of-age dynamics. It’s a movie that’s able to portray a realistic group of kids without sacrificing the horror side of the story. Stand By Me is another really great outdoor adventure featuring a group of kids who actually act like real kids.
If it’s the alien invasion side of things you liked about this one, be sure to check out the 2005 remake of War of the Worlds for the Spielsbergian touch on the genre. Alright, a couple of questions for you guys. Number one: Have you seen Rim of the World? If so, what’d you think of it? And number two: What’s your favorite summer camp movie?