Holy cow. I know they said a possibility of thunderstorms but that one just kind of escalated quite a bit. Well, with weather like this, I think a Syfy original movie is just the thing to watch. Today’s movie is another one from the Maneater Series. Wow, with the movies I just received I own almost every movie in the series. With only two movies left to go, I guess I could go ahead and buy them to complete the series but I will probably wait a bit before I do that. But enough babbling. It’s time for me to watch today’s movie, Behemoth.
The plot: Two government agents are taking readings on Mt. Lincoln when a sudden tremor occurs, killing both of them. Further down the mountain, Thomas Walsh is heading up a job site when a tremor causes a branch to fall on one of his crew. When he gets the truck so the rest of his crew can load the injured man into the back, they discover that the man is dead. After talking with the sheriff, Thomas heads to his home in Ascension and discovers that his dad, William, has covered a wall of the house with all sorts of drawings and neither Thomas or his sister, Grace, can make sense of them. Meanwhile geologist Emily Allington is studying some seismic anomalies around Mt. Lincoln and heads to the mountain to check some sensors and get a better look at things and discovers that CO2 is leaking from the ground. The next day, Emily heads back up the mountain to take some more readings while Thomas winds up guiding government agent Jack Murray up the mountain to where the two agents’ camp was located. When Emily witnesses the side of a cliff explode outwards, she meets up with Thomas and Jack and while Jack continues up the mountain to find some equipment, Thomas and Emily head back to Ascension to get people to evacuate. Meanwhile, Grace and her boyfriend, Jared, have gone camping on the mountain when they see a giant eye and tentacle emerge from a hole in a cliff face and head back down. When Thomas hears that Grace is on the mountain, he and Emily head back up to find her while William heads to the local diner to get his friend Zoe and take her with him to evacuate when a tremor causes the diner to collapse into a sink hole, but they manage to escape through a hatch in the roof. Thomas and Emily meet an injured Jack, who explains why he was on the mountain, when a tentacle suddenly appears and knocks Jack aside before disappearing up the mountain. Jack is fatally injured and convinces Thomas to find the equipment, which contains a weapon that will destroy the monster, They find the case and then save Grace but are unable to save Jared as he falls into a sinkhole and is eaten by the creature. The trio head to a nearby ranger station, where a helicopter is kept, when the creature suddenly emerges from the mountain. As Emily and Grace prep the helicopter for takeoff, Thomas assembles the weapon and fires a rocket down the throat of the creature. The creature’s head explodes and Thomas and the girls use the chopper to fly back down where they are reunited with William and Zoe.
I liked this movie. The acting was good all around. I honestly think Ed Quinn is a really good actor but I have a feeling that he is going to wind up typecast into these roles. Still, he will always be Nathan Stark to me, no matter how many movies he makes. I also liked William B. Davis and his portrayal of William. The plot was great. I mean, there is always a “world is going to end” movie and I liked that they had a giant monster that would be the cause instead of the usual asteroid or natural disaster. I liked how the beast was never totally revealed until the end of the movie, you merely see glimpses of it (an eye, the tentacles, the mouth). The effects were decent for the most part although there were some scenes with the tentacles where the CGI wasn’t as good as others. A fun movie to watch, especially on a rainy day like today.
Rating: 3 out of 5