65 Million Years Ago, Adam Driver Had a Really Bad Day


“65” takes a new and original stab at prehistoric times, scratching the itch all dinosaur lovers have. Photo // IMDb

Rowan Edmonds, Managing Editor

Growing up, I was a massive fan of anything and everything regarding dinosaurs. I was seven years old, watching documentaries about the beasts that roamed the Earth before us, and the older I got, my love for dinos only grew. From “Land Before Time” to the Jurassic Park franchise, I was a fanatic, even wishing to become an archeologist (I have since changed career paths). So naturally, when I heard about a new movie taking place during my favorite era, I had to see it. 

“65” takes place in the prehistoric era, 65 million years ago. Mills (Adam Driver) is a pilot on a faraway planet tasked with transporting a crew of people to their home. However, when he crash lands on Earth at one of the most dangerous times of its existence, he’s tasked with a new mission – getting home. He is joined by nine-year-old Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), his only human companion that doesn’t even speak the same language. Together, the two face hardships and difficulties that bring them inches from death while dealing with a language barrier. 

The movie was suspenseful and had me on the edge of my seat, and it fulfilled my ever-growing love for dinosaur movies. That being said, there were a few plot points that ultimately didn’t add up to me or felt pushed and didn’t leave me with the feeling the director seemed to be aiming for. Overall, I would recommend this movie to people who enjoy suspense thrillers and love dinosaurs, but the film is just surface-level and does not hit all of its intended deeper themes. I’m glad I saw it, but it won’t be added to my top five favorite dinosaur movies anytime soon.