Monster Trucks (2017)
Tripp (Lucas Till) is a high school senior who can’t wait to leave his little town behind him. He works at a scrap yard where he works on a truck that he hopes will take him to better places. When an accident occurs at a nearby oil rig, Tripp encounters a creature that will help him reach his goals much faster than he anticipated.
Even though the cast of this film is rather notable (Rob Lowe, Thomas Lennon, Barry Pepper, Danny Glover), Monster Trucks is nothing more than a younger kids movie. Most animated films these days attempt to include adults in their viewing audience, but this movie is geared for kids from 5-12, and mainly boys. The story is simple, characters are not overly developed and the idea of a monster making a truck “go” is stupid. That is basically the idea. A octopus-like monster acts as an engine for a truck while bad oil drilling men are after him so a cool high school senior and his attractive, science-geek, not-girlfriend go on the run to keep him safe. Did I mention the name of the creature is “Creech”?
At the end of the day, this movie is forgettable and something only kids will ask to see. The animation for the creatures is even par at best. Parents, when your kid does ask to see it, pull out Zootopia, or anything from Pixar or Dreamworks. After you watch all that, then go see Free Willy! Trust me! Co-starring Amy Ryan, rank Whaley, Holt McCallany, and Jane Levy.
4/10 Stars – This movie is bland, boring and forgettable – even for kids (I think.)