Benjamin Maio Mackay
Monster Trucks - 1 Star
Why does this even exist?
Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Rob Lowe is a very talented comedic actor, yet his talents are wasted in this atrocity. His accent changes frequently and in general the accents are inconsistent. Lucas Till is a stock-standard action man, he has very little acting ability, but has a natural charm that helps make the movie tolerable. Jane Levy stands out for trying her very best with the weak material.
Obviously the script and plot aren't very good, what’s surprising how stock standard the characters are: the dumb action hero, the “geek” girl who falls in love with the lead, the single mum in a small town, the “bad” guy, the henchman who has a moral turning point, the step parent who is hated, but comes to help and the evil father. This could’ve been written by teenagers.
Overall please avoid this silly action flick, which is built on a supremely weak premise.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures