If, like me, you’ve been craving a movie that is a cross between Transformers, Sharktopus and Free Willy, you’ll be delighted to hear Paramount’s long-gestating Monster Trucks finally has a trailer and release date.
The trailer is not something you want to watch on any drug more psychoactive than paracetamol, seeing a bunch of cars powered by slimy, amphibious, gasoline-drinking creatures with a penchant for jump ramps.
Other touchstones are Cars and Herbie Goes Bananas, but as sentient vehicle movies go, it’s way more nonsensical than the usual.
Here’s the official synopsis, not that it provides a huge amount of elucidation:
'Looking for any way to get away from the life and town he was born into, Tripp (Lucas Till), a high school senior, builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found the key to getting out of town and a most unlikely friend.
Melding cutting edge visual effects and state-of-the-art CGI, Monster Trucks is an action filled adventure for the whole family that will keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately touch your heart. January 2017 in theatres and RealD 3D.'
Monster Trucks, which has a reported budget of $100 million and somehow roped in Rob Lowe and Danny Glover, was shot in 2014 and originally slated for a 2015 release, but has been knocking around the past couple of years.
Directed by Chris Wedge (Ice Age, Robots, Epic). it will finally open in cinemas on 13 January. 2017.
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