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65 (12A, 93 minutes)

When a film begins with the cliched caption: “ Long before the advent of mankind…” it doesn’t bode particularly well for what is to follow. And sure enough, long long ago, in a galaxy far far away there is a planet called Solaris (they couldn’t even come up with an original name for the damn planet!) where not only are there people who look and sound like Americans, they also appear to have the same healthcare system.

Kylo R..sorry… Adam Driver agrees to pilot a two-year space expedition to pay for his sick daughter’s medical treatment. However, when the ship is torn apart by asteroids and all of his deep frozen passengers lost, he crashes on an uncharted planet of dense vegetation, mountains and… dinosaurs.

This is Earth 65 million years ago.

And as if Adam didn’t have enough to deal with, it’s right on the eve of the extinction event that wiped out all the T Rexes and velociraptors so the clock, as we say, is ticking as he tries to locate an escape pod.

Now, if this film had been made in around 1963 with Charlton Heston in the lead role and Ray Harryhausen stop motion plasticine models I don’t think there would have been any complaints. But audiences are more discerning now and suspension of disbelief takes a bit more effort than a couple of big lizards and throwing in a kid to make it a Jurassic version of The Last Of Us (or should that be The First Of Us?).

In fairness, Driver is convincing as he fights to survive and keep his young charge safe, but as a former marine he should be. This stuff was probably second nature to him, but frankly he could do the acting required for this role in his sleep.

65 is watchable enough I suppose if you don’t want to have to think about it, but the the screenplay is so predictable it could have been written by one of those AI test programs

RATING: 5/10

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