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What makes BEHEMOTH work so well is how the film builds up the tension and the mystery as to what is going on in this small town, a mystery that is not only apparent to the players in the movie but also the audience. The majority of the film plays out like an epic disaster movie along the likes of DANTEíS PEAK: this dormant volcano is starting to wake upówhy? But as the scientist get closer to the bizarre seismic activity taking place on the mountain, it becomes more and more apparent that itís not just a geological issue, but a deeper (and scarier) issue. For the most part, the ride to discovering what the hell is happening is fun, itís engaging, and it more-or-less keeps the film moving along at a rapid pace (which is more than a lot of these SyFy films can say).
The acting is pretty spot-on and believable by all the main players, including the sexy scientist (Pascale Hunton), the burly mountain man hero (Ed Quinn), and the crazy old man who ends up being right about all the crazy shit heís been harping on about for months (William B. Davis aka The Smoking Man from THE X-FILES). In fact, everyone does a pretty solid job in terms of delivery and no one overacts to the point of annoyance, leading up to one of the more enjoyable SyFy monster movies Iíve seen in awhile (knocking everything Asylum does out of the park and then some).
With all of these glowing things to say, was there anything that didnít work? Most definitely. Thereís a sub-plot of the old man and his young lady friend stuck inside a sunken diner that was easily one of the dumbest exchanges of thought processes that Iíve ever seen. And what makes the whole sequence hurt even more is that they run the same ďsuspense-inducingĒ gag more than once during the same sequence. Seriously? The other issue I had with this beast is of the giant mountain monster itself. Yes, itís causing earthquakes and other crazy shit all around the world, and yeah it eats a couple of throwaway characters and annoying players over the course of the film, but reallyÖ this big, bad monster doesnít really do a whole lot. Once the monster wakes up and reveals itself, besides waving its tentacles around violently and looking incredibly scary, it doesnít wreak havoc on any big city (or small town for that matter), or destroy a ton of lives or cause a lot of destruction. It just waves itís freaky giant tentacles around and snarls. Thatís it? They really needed the Behemoth to do moreóif it had, it might have made this flick the ultimate SyFy Channel monster movie. Thatís not to say the effects werenít good and that the monster didnít look cool as hellóthe effects team brought their A game for sure. They just didnít have much to do once they were there.
Audio: The earthquake rumblings shake the house thanks to the fine 5.1 Dolby Digital mix, showcasing the entertaining score, the snarls of the giant mountain monster, and all those quakes with enough bass and texture to make you feel like you're actually there.