Win a family pass to Cranston Academy – Monster Zone

Rated PG
Running time 80 minutes
In cinemas from 24 June 2021

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Bullied for his intelligence and struggling to fit in at school, Danny is a 15-year-old genius who is always coming up with crazy inventions. When he is unexpectedly offered a scholarship to Cranston Academy, a secret, prestigious boarding school for geniuses, Danny views it as a place where his intelligence will be recognised and where he will have a chance to fit in.

However, a school full of geniuses means that 99% is considered a fail. In his quest to prove his intelligence amongst his peers, Danny inadvertently opens a portal to another dimension and unleashes a slew of monsters, including giant flying eyeballs, two-headed dogs and a slimy pink tentacle.

Together with his roommate Liz, and a half-moth, half-man professor (Mothman), Danny must overcome the demons of the 5th dimension and those that lurk inside him in order to save the school.

This movie comes from Anima Studios in Mexico, explaining both the Mexican scientist in the cast of characters and the otherwise puzzling references to Mexican food, and allowing a humorous comment on the British version of that cuisine.

The film does have quite a bit of humour which adults will appreciate. There is also some questionable behaviour at times mainly à la slapstick genre and nothing that 21st century kids won’t have seen in video games or the school playground, we suspect. We found ourselves noting what was either the derivative (unless accidental) referencing of Barbie and the Secret Door, Harry Potter, Back to the Future and probably Monsters Inc.

The film is suitable for mid to late primary aged children and carries messages of the value of teamwork, how to deal with bullies, the importance of judging from characteristics other than appearance, doing one’s best and the nature of genius versus emotional intelligence. That is to say if parents and children wish to discuss things after seeing this film, there are values messages to use as talking points.

Thanks to the distributor and Miranda Brown Publicity we have five family passes, each admitting 4 people, to give away. Email us at [email protected] if you’d like one. First in best dressed.

Thanks to Miranda Brown Publicity and Rialto for the opportunity to preview the film.