Here we have another monster flick that was pretty good in its decade. Although some of the effects may seem a bit outdated at this time, they are still very pleasant to the eye and they look pretty decent in comparison with some of the recent movie blunders. Although it’s based on a book, the story is strangely very usual for a monster flick, some explorer in some exotic land finds something that he should not have found. And to make things worse he sends it to the Chicago’s Natural History Museum. This is where the most of the movie will take place and this is pretty original, and I liked the mayhem in museum vibe. Of course we have our police detective and hot scientists, but fortunately this relationship is not that much developed.

The Relic never strays from its established path of a monster movie and this formulaic approach may not have worked if this was any other genre, but it’s not any other genre. I think that this was the period where the CGI finally caught up with reality with a couple of big movies with monsters being released somewhere around 1997. We all remember Godzilla and how cool it looked. This chase will continue indefinitely, the movie-makers will continue creating more realistic and frightening monsters and we, the viewers, will continue to explore their adventures. We can probably trace this genre to the earliest human communications, around 140.000 years ago. Back then, stories of fantastic monsters lurking in the shadows were quite real…

Director: Peter Hyams

Cast: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt, James Whitmore, Clayton Rohner, Chi Muoi Lo

Fun Stuff: Harrison Ford was director Peter Hyams’s first choice for the lead role of Vincent D’Agosta (played by Tom Sizemore).

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120004/

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