ANDgoes out in the United States 65: Escape from Eartha horror/thriller starring the actor Adam Driver catapulted into the Earth of 65 million years ago, populated by dangerous dinosaurs. In Italy, from 27 April.
The new film with Adam Driver arrives in cinemas on April 27th 65: Escape from Earth, produced by Sony Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Entertainment Italia. Written and directed by the authors of A Quiet PlaceScott Beck and Bryan Woods, 65: Escape from Earth is a sci-fi horror/thriller, produced by Sam Raimi with score by Danny Elfman. Alongside Driver, Ariana Greenblatt and Chloe Coleman also star.
After a cataclysmic accident on an unknown planet, pilot Mills (Adam Driver) quickly discovers that he was stranded on Earth… 65 million years ago. With only one chance for safety, Mills and the only other survivor, Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), must fight their way through an uncharted territory filled with dangerous prehistoric creatures in an epic fight for survival.
Shot in the forests of Oregon, the film 65: Escape from Earth has the direction of photography of Salvatore Totino, a New Yorker but with clear Italian origins.
Horror, suspense and emotion
“We love genre films. Horror, suspense, action and adventure are our favourites. And what we love even more is combining them with characters that arouse emotions,” the directors began Scott Beck And Bryan Woods in telling 65: Escape from Earth, the film they directed together. “The stories we love are always cinematographic and the result of the marriage of different elements: the images, the music and the performances of the actors”.
It is no coincidence, therefore, that beyond the science fiction aspect, the film 65: Escape from Earth has its fulcrum in the father-daughter relationship between Mills and Koa, as the producer also underlined Sam Raimi. “Koa is a bold, intelligent young woman who challenges Mills. Together, the two protect and fight for each other. Even though it’s initially Mills who saves Koa, in the end she’s the girl who saves him — it’s a really good story.”
Friends since they attended sixth grade together in Iowa, Beck and Woods have always worked in tandem, as if they were two hemispheres of the same brain. “For us, writing and directing are the same thing: it’s always storytelling. Precisely for this reason, paradoxically, we are less tied than others to the script. On set, we listen to everyone’s advice right down to the second before shooting. In our films, the dialogues are reduced to the essentials: we are very inspired by silent cinema, so the faces and bodies of the actors become essential and decisive and the suspense is generated by something that is not always seen”.
The main characters
In the movie 65: Escape from Earth, Adam Driver plays Mills, an interstellar pilot who carries a large group of passengers into space. However, an accident ends up killing all but one of the passengers: a little girl named Koa, played by Ariana Greenblatt. What Mills and Koa ignore is that the planet they landed on is our Earth but from 65 million years ago.
As they begin their epic journey to their only escape, the two are hunted down by ferocious herds of dinosaurs (crafted by Neville Page, the legendary designer of Avatars) who pursue them against the background of a landscape fraught with dangers and obstacles. “The 12-year-old in us has always wanted to write a dinosaur movie,” joked director Scott Beck. “It is during the escape that all the human emotions at play come in a powerful way”.
The scenes are, in fact, intense and terrifying. The tension grows exponentially and the bond between Koa and Mills tightens more and more. “I couldn’t turn down a character like Mills, whose struggle to survive mirrors his own personal torments,” the actor remarked. Adam Driver. “65: Escape from Earth more than a film, it seemed like a roller coaster ride: there were dinosaurs, great universal themes to deal with and well-characterized protagonists. And what’s more, already on paper, it guaranteed a good dose of fun!”.
Alongside Driver, in the role of Koa, there is Ariana Greenblatt. “Koa is a sweet, innocent, courageous and curious little girl,” the actress specified. “She grows up a lot throughout the film. At the beginning, she is frightened, ferocious, feline, nervous… in the end she has instead found her courage and is ready to prove it. For me, this is the first really big film as an actress: the idea scared me: everything rested on my shoulders and that of Adam, a very talented and inspiring actor for whom I have boundless admiration”.
However, the actress didn’t let fear overwhelm her. “Every day I showed up ready on set, completely immersing myself in Koa: I told myself I could do it. It doesn’t matter how young you are or where you’re from, you can do anything you set your mind to accomplish: I’m of Latino heritage and I couldn’t afford to blow away this huge opportunity. I owed it to myself but also to all the other Latina girls out there.”
For the movie 65: Escape from Earth, the young Greenbatt also had to put some not bad acrobatic numbers in the service of the story, such as in the sequence in which she hangs upside down for more than a minute. “I had a lot of fun,” she commented. “But obviously the scene required a long preparation with the stuntmen: I had to do everything safely and I had to learn some tricks of the trade”.
65: Escape from Earth – Stills from the film