Movie Name: Tremors 5: Bloodlines
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date(s): October 6, 2015
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) has been contacted by an agent from Africa named Erich Van Wyck (Daniel Janks) to root out a growing Graboid problem in a small town. Traveling to Africa with a new photographer/producer named Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), Travis and Burt are about to find out that everything is bigger in Africa and not even Burt’s knowledge of the Graboids can help.
Directed by Don Michael Paul, Tremors 5: Bloodlines is a horror-comedy action film. Following Tremors 4: The Legend Begins in 2004, Tremors 5: Bloodlines was released directly to Netflix on October 6, 2015 and also made available on DVD.
Tremors is what movies like Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus evolved from. The original film was an outlandish concept that was a throwback to ’50s B-Monster movies like The Giant Gila Monster. Over the years Tremors has become a bit more action-y and even more joke-y. Tremors 5: Bloodline is a perfect example of how the series turned from good to ok.
The story for the movie keeps having to ratchet up the action. The Graboids now are meaner, bigger, and can detach their tongues (because that really makes evolutionary sense). The story follows the basic Tremors plotline. Graboids appear, Graboid killers are called in, and Graboid killers get in over their head. It isn’t very original and a subplot involving the people in the village feels really through in there along with blatant foreshadowing about lightning, eggs, and bloodlines.
The series over the years have become more and more Burt-centric with Michael Gross enjoying his spin. Here, you get to see him in underwear, locked in a cage, drinking urine, and having lions pee on him (really). He’s joined by Jamie Kennedy who plays a camera-fame obsessed follower (he’s pretty good at that role by now). Neither actor really rises above the plot.
The Graboids are just meaner. Fortunately the effects are slightly better in this version and things like the ass-blaster creature look pretty good. The threat of the Graboids however has diminished over the years and they seem pretty easy to trick. Jamie Kennedy just rides around on a motorcycle until he’s needed to bring the creature back…the original Graboids were much more clever (and it helped the plot).
Tremors 5: Bloodlines hopefully will end the saga of the Tremors. I can’t imagine that the movie cost a lot to make, so I bet that the Graboids will return again in some form or another. There has been talk that Kevin Bacon wouldn’t mind returning to the franchise for a hit and that actually could be worthwhile…maybe he’ll show up for Tremor’s 30th anniversary.
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