04th Jul2019

‘Rim of the World’ Review (Netflix)

by Jak-Luke Sharp

Stars: Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores Jr., Alessio Scalzotto, Andrew Bachelor, Annabeth Gish, Scott MacArthur, Dean Jagger, Michael Beach, Lynn Collins, David Theune, Tony Cavalero, Carl McDowell, Punam Patel, Jason Rogel | Written by Zack Stentz | Directed by McG

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Charlie’s Angels and Terminator Salvation director McG continues his path of exclusive Netflix content after The Babysitter, with Rim of the World. A more family-friendly oriented feature that follows a quadruple group of kids who are all at camp for the summer when a worldwide alien invasion begins. Devastating the planet and plunging the world into chaos with only the hope of these very four diverse children the only chance for survival.

McG crafts here what is essentially a pleasant surprise from the often hit and miss director. Rim of the World is fine fodder. It never oversteps the mark or feels too dissident from what it aims to be and that’s a casual Goonies-esque Spielbergian adventure. It succeeds with what it intends with an entertaining adventurous thriller with compelling enough thrills and engaging characters.

The McG-isms aren’t completely over and done with. You have your overly apparent gags that evoke a sense of desperate comedic nature rather than organic and authentic inclusion, courtesy of writer Zack Stentz. Whose screenplay clearly provides a dense prerogative of a forty-year-old screenwriter writing that of a world revolving around four eleven-year-old children.

The child actors in question are pretty good with the material they’re given, which aside from throwaway lines and flashbacks is minimalistic and insufficient. Jack Gore as Alex has the most sizeable of screen-time and his arc supplies the films main thread of independence and growth. The supporting players don’t add much else aside from growing Alex as a character to the detriment of growing themselves.

Miya Cech who has wonderful screen presence is drastically underutilised and underwritten, as is Benjamin Flores Jr. who is sadly given the overly racial stereotype role. The characters are also slightly too caricature for their own good at times. Ultimately lacking significant authentic nature for audience resonation.

Rim of the World is on Netflix now.

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