After releasing a series of great films and TV shows for its adult audience, Netflix has provided a treat for the younger audience. ‘Rim of the World’ is a sci-fi movie that focuses on four teens trying to survive an alien invasion. If you love ‘Stranger Things’, then this movie is a perfect weekend watch for you. The tone, the chemistry of its lead characters and the movie references that just keep coming, the movie is practically a sibling to the TV series. It is also reminiscent of alien classics like ‘Aliens’ and ‘Independence Day’. One of the scenes gives serious ‘Jurassic Park’ vibes. So, if you want to make a game out of picking up all these references, you are going to have a lot of fun. If you haven’t yet seen it, watch it on Netflix before continuing further.
Summary of the Plot
Alex is a know-it-all who spends his days with his books and computer. His mother wants him to go out and do some outdoor activities, so she signs him up for “Rim of the World Adventure Camp”. Zhen Zhen travels all the way from China to attend this camp. We would like to know why she bothered, but she doesn’t talk much. We do know that she is not the one you would want to mess with. Dariush has rich parents, but there is some other reason behind them sending him to the camp. Once there, they are joined by Gabriel, who appears out of nowhere, and five minutes later, an alien invasion begins. A brief meeting with a scientist leaves the fate of the world in the hands of these children.
The Anatomy of the Aliens
Taking a few pointers from popular sci-fi films, ‘Rim of the World’ creates an alien species of its own. For all we know, they have come from a galaxy far, far away, and despite looking like Demogorgon from ‘Stranger Things’, these aliens are highly advanced and pretty much indestructible. As Alex put it, “they are like Wolverine”. The first scene of the film introduces us to a catastrophe at the International Space Station. The aliens attack it and kill everyone on the ship. I am guessing the first casualty was the astronaut who went out for a spacewalk and ended up with a hole in his head. But how exactly did they manage to make their way to the Earth from the god-knows-what end of the universe?