There's Something Under There

I'll admit, the Tremors series is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.  The first is a pretty classic creature-feature and was a great little horror-comedy flick.  I've always liked it.

They, unsurprisingly, got worse as the series went on.  2 was a serviceable direct-to-video sequel.  3 was not particularly good, but that might have just been me really disliking that they named the creature form "assblaster".  It felt like they were trying too hard.

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins was an odd duck, but enjoyable in its own way.  I think I liked it a little more than 3, if for no other reason than because it fleshed out the lore of the graboids and I can be a sucker for that kind of thing.

Which brings us to Tremors 5: Bloodlines.  The fact that there are five of these movies kind of blows my mind, especially since it's been 11 years since 4 came out.  And 25 since the first.  Let that percolate a minute.  This series has been around for 25 freaking years.

Anyway, Tremors 5, of course, has Michael Gross returning as Burt Gummer because this seems to be the only thing he does since Family Ties went off the air.  Finally leaving the American southwest and northern Mexico, this movie sets most of its action in Africa, where Burt's been summoned to deal with a graboid invasion.

Along the way, there's the inevitable betrayal, unexpected deviations from graboid norms, big guns, bigger explosions, so on and so forth.  Look, these movies aren't exactly breaking new ground here.  They might reference Jurassic Park (and not how you'd expect), Predator, and Aliens, but they're still pretty by the book.

That being said, it's not like it's a bad movie.  In fact, it's surprisingly well done.  Considering some of the direct-to-video crap I've seen (looking at you Age of Ice), this is pretty good.  Easily better than 3 and 4.  It's a nice, fun little flick.  Then again, you already know if you're going to like it or not.  Granted, Jamie Kennedy co-starring is enough to turn anyone off, but he's actually tolerable in this.

See?  I told you it was good.  It's made Jamie Kennedy palatable.

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