Since it was announced back in 2020, the upcoming sci-fi thriller 65 has flown under the radar. It's not often studios keep audiences in the dark for this long but Sony's decision to shroud the production in secrecy worked. Intrigue mounted until the trailer arrived last December confirming one important fact: it's a dinosaur movie, folks.
What we've learned from those teasers promises an action-packed adventure starring Adam Driver as an explorer whose mission finds him flung 65 million years into the past where he has to fight dinosaurs. And if that's not enough to pique your interest, the movie boasts the creative team of A Quiet Place screenwriting duo Scott Beck and Bryan Woods and Evil Dead director Sam Raimi. With the movie about to open at Regal, we've combed through all of the marketing materials released to date to bring you everything we know so far about 65 movie.
When is 65 Released?
The US release date for 65 is March 10, 2023. The film began shooting in December 2020 in Louisiana and wrapped principal photography in February 2021. Initially eyed for a spring 2022 release, it was pushed back multiple times – likely due to the results of early test screenings in 2021.
What is the 65 Movie's Runtime and Rating?
The MPAA rated the movie a PG-13 and comes in at 87 minutes.
Is There a 65 Trailer?
The first trailer for 65 dropped in December 2022 and since then another two landed online, revealing more hints about the movie.
As we've mentioned, it scored a PG-13 rating which suggests a family-friendly movie. But judging by the tone of the trailer, it's moody, tense, and dark, especially when you compare it to that other dino franchise, Jurassic World. What sci-fi fans can look forward to is a mashup of the best parts of Predator and After Earth, with futuristic tech juxtaposed against a prehistoric wilderness. From what we've gleaned in the trailer, Mills is packing a handheld location device, a series of remote-activated grenades, a phaser rifle, and at one point it looks as though he rigs the wreckage of his ship to explode, crushing a dinosaur.
What is 65's Plot?
Here is the official synopsis for the movie:
"After a catastrophic crash on an unknown planet, pilot Mills (Adam Driver) quickly discovers he’s actually stranded on Earth…65 million years ago. Now, with only one chance at rescue, Mills and the only other survivor, Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), must make their way across an unknown terrain riddled with dangerous prehistoric creatures in an epic fight to survive."
While we have the plot synopsis, the trailers contain a lot of extra tidbits of information. Based on what we've seen, Mills is hit by an undocumented asteroid causing his ship to plummet to Earth. The ship is carrying 35 passengers on a "long range exploratory mission."
Was this human cargo for seeding a colony in outer space? In any case, we know only one other person survives. Establishing shots also reveal glimpses of the ship's wreckage in a swamp as Mills and Koa try to figure out a way home.
What Dinosaurs are in 65?
Based on the trailers, we can spot approximately five dinosaurs:
A T-rex which we see chasing Mills and appearing in a cave entrance, a Velociraptor (or another dromaeosaur) dragging Mills away, a Deinosuchus (an ancient crocodile) swimming in the darkness, a horde of Pteranodons being picked off by another flying dinosaur off-screen, and a Nothosaurus attacking Koa on the beach and attacking Mills in the forest.
It's likely we'll see more in the finished product. Perhaps they're saving a bigger beast for a final showdown?
Who Stars in 65?
Adam Driver stars as Mills, a commander whose flight crashes and ends up tussling with prehistoric beasties. Driver has established a name for himself as a versatile character actor, appearing in dramas such as Noah Baumbach's A Marriage Story and Ridley Scott's House of Gucci. Sci-fi fans will recognize him as Kylo Ren from the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Of course, as we've seen in the trailer, Driver's character won't be fighting dinos solo. Alongside him is Ariana Greenblatt as a youngster named Koa who also survives the crash landing. Greenblatt recently wrapped work on Greta Gerwig's upcoming Barbie live-action movie and the Borderlands game adaptation. Marvel fans will recognize her for her cameo as Young Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War.
Elsewhere on the casting sheet, Avatar: The Way Of Water's Chloe Coleman appears in an unknown role, and Euphoria's Nika King is listed as someone named Alya. Neither of them appear in the trailers so far. It's possible they could be Mills' family and feature in flashbacks.
Who directed 65?
The screenwriting duo who penned A Quiet Place and Haunt are on scripting duties and direct the movie. The movie is produced by Bron Creative, Columbia Pictures, Raimi Productions and Beck/Woods, with Raimi enlisting his former collaborator Danny Elfman to score the movie.
Catch 65 at Regal on March 10.