‘65’ is mediocre, prehistoric space adventure featuring Adam Driver


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Adam Driver stars in a space adventure where he must protect a little girl on a prehistoric alien planet

Connor Coppola, Arts & Entertainment Editor

When a buddy of mine and I were bored on a Tuesday night, we decided to go the movies, and we settled for a movie that I never heard about – “65” with famous actor Adam Driver. I had no idea what the plot was about and didn’t have any expectations, but since we were already at the theatre, this movie was our only option.  

“65” starts with Driver as the character Mills, going on a space journey and leaving his daughter behind. This was clearly a difficult and emotional moment for Mills, as his daughter was noticeably  upset about this decision. He ends up crashing into an unknown planet that is set up to be 65 million years in the past, hence the movie title. Mills meets the little girl Koa, and they discover they are the only two living human beings in this Mesozoic period of earth. Koa doesn’t speak any English, and Mills has immense trouble trying to communicate with her, something that became increasingly frustrating as the film progressed. The pair’s main goal is to find a way to escape and get Koa back to her parents who she lost when the crash occurred. The film has them face  a variety of obstacles and challenges that make it feel like it’s a mediocre “Jurassic Park” spinoff with hopes of making it back to their normal society. The part that most lost and confused me was the aspect of dinosaurs being the main antagonist, despite the very futuristic setting and tone of the movie. The weapons, vehicles, and other items Mills used felt like a movie that was being set in the year 3000, not sixty-five million years ago.  

At this point in the movie, the goal of the film is to get the audience attached to the two main characters and hope that Koa can make it back to her family. In all honesty, I felt no attachment to the pair; I’m not sure if it was the language barrier or the almost impossible challenges the two had to face, but something just felt off. I get what they were going for however, as Koa replaces the connection between Mills and his long-lost daughter, which is why he cared for her safety and wellbeing so much. I was hoping at some point to be rooting for the two of them and praying Koa could find her way out, but I honestly lost interest. I won’t spoil the ending in case someone with nothing else going on wants to see “65”, but it was underwhelming to say the least. The only positive I could find was that in an age when in my opinion most films are way too long, 90 minutes felt right for this movie. I was a fan of Driver as Kylo Ren in the Star Wars pictures, but I can honestly say I will not be recommending this movie to anyone, unless I want to waste their time.