Tremors 4: The Legend Begins

release year: 2004
genre: action/monster
viewing setting: home DVD, 1/18/04

synopsis: In the late 1800s, a tiny little town in the west finds itself menaced by giant underground worms.

impressions: Solid prequel. The filmmakers drew inspiration from the original movie in all ways: script, special effects, setting - and this really helped. The cast was small yet varied and interesting, the premise was sensible, and the monsters looked realistic. There was good continuity too.

something this movie has that no other movie has: The world's biggest hand-trigger-fired gun.

acting: Michael Gross does a good job as the snobby, useless mine owner who changes his ways. Brent Roam is a sensible yet humorous miner. Billy Drago is entertaining as a mean gunfighter. Lydia Look was funny as a proverb-spouting Chinese woman.

final word: Good prequel, worth seeing if you liked the original movie or just giant monster flicks in general.

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