The film follows Commander Mills (Adam Driver) who becomes trapped on Earth 65 million years ago after the vessel he is piloting is hit by an asteroid. Mills and the other sole survivor of the crash, a young girl named Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), are forced to travel the dinosaur ridden planet as they fight for their survival.
In the film’s first scene, we see Mills, his wife and daughter on a beach and discover that Mills is taking the job of a pilot to pay for his ill daughter’s medical fees. Throughout the film, Mills is plagued by the guilt of not being there for his sick daughter. We also learn early in the film that Koa’s parents who were travelling with her on the vessel are dead, but this relationship is not given the screen time it needs to be effective, we don’t even see a flashback of Koa and her parents.
Whilst the tragedy and loneliness Mills and Koa experience links the two characters, this connection feels insincere and cliched.
65 is essentially Star Trek, Jurassic Park, Armageddon and many more movies rolled into one. There’s nothing really original about the film and it doesn’t feel like its creators, or its cast really care about it.
Despite the threat of dinosaurs and an asteroid heading for Earth, the film doesn't effectively build and maintain the tension it tries to create. There are a few good jump scares, but they don’t do an effective job of making the audience feel worried about the characters. We’ve seen this film before hundreds of times and know that the characters will be fine so don’t really invest in their story.
The humour and emotional scenes often feel out of place and pointless, as though the movie takes pauses from the action to remind audiences we should care about these characters and just telling us we should care because of this reason and also this reason, doesn't work.
At times, the movie doesn’t make sense and doesn’t give the audience the information it needs to understand the world of the film. Where was the vessel originally headed for? Why was there only one pilot? If Mills and Koa knew they were going to be rescued, why didn’t they just wait safely in the broken vessel (at this point they didn’t know the asteroid was headed for Earth)? And some of the dialogue is questionable, at one point in the film Mills says that “there’s something Alien out there.” Isn’t that obvious given you were travelling through space?
65 is an ok movie, however, with so many good and exciting movies competing for your attention this month, I'd give this film a miss.