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Under the Mountain (2009)

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Teenage twins Rachel and Theo travel to Auckland to stay with relatives after their mother suddenly dies. They find an alien environment and overhear Mr. Wilberforce talking about something stirring beneath the ground - the fire-raiser.

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Jonathan King

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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 ... 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 Gareth Reeves ... Wilberforce Drone 2
Wayne Gordon Wayne Gordon ... Wilberforce Drone 4
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$662,879
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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"A thrilling and scary movie"
11 September 2011 | by simon-trekSee all my reviews

I really liked this movie. It is thrilling, scary and has brilliant visual effects!

I really liked the theme of this movie. Teenage fraternal twins Theo and Rachel who seem like ordinary teenagers but they turn out to be very significant. Also Theo and Rachel have recently suffered a terrible tragedy the death of their mother, which causes a rift in the bound between the twins. So throughout the film the twins not only have to discover their true destiny, they also have to rediscover themselves.

Sam Neil is brilliant in his role as the mysterious and benevolent Mr Jones who becomes the twins mentor. Sam is brilliant in just about every role I've seen him in.

Now the main antagonists of the film the Wilberforces, they are scary in every way; slimy, grotesque and terrifyingly powerful. They are something out of your worst nightmare!

I liked the fact that this terrifying adventure takes place in the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand. It makes this movie look somewhat majestic in the scene of location.

So overall this is a great movie. I don't see many Australian or New Zealand films that are this good.


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