(2020) (Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Fantasy/Adventure: A 12-year-old prodigy tries to rescue his kidnapped father by manipulating mythical beings of the underworld to find a powerful device that he can use in exchange for his dad's freedom.
12-year-old Artemis Fowl (FERDIA SHAW) lives in a large seaside manor in Ireland with his widowed father, Artemis Fowl Sr. (COLIN FARRELL), and his bodyguard, Domovoi Butler (NONSO ANOZIE). Despite being an ultra-intelligent prodigy, Artemis has no idea what his father does for a living, except that he's often gone from home for long periods of time.
When Artemis Sr. ends up never disappearing on one of those trips and named by the press as being the chief suspect in a series of high profile museum thefts, Artemis realizes he must find his father and clear his name. He gets his first clue via a call from Opal Koboi (HONG CHAU) who says he's kidnapped his father and Artemis has just three days to find a powerful, portal-opening device known as the Aculos to exchange for his father's release.
With Domovoi having called in his 12-year-old niece, Juliet (TAMARA SMART), to help, Artemis realizes the only solution is to summon mythical beings his father taught him about over the years to help. He gets his break when fairy Commander Root (JUDI DENCH) sends fairy officer Holly Short (LARA McDONNELL) to the surface to capture an escaped troll.
Completing that, she stays there to try to clear her late father's name, all of which results in Artemis and Domovoi capturing her and using her as bait to get Root and Chief Tech Officer Foaly (NIKESH PATEL) to send rescue forces. But his real intent is to have them send in Mulch Diggums (JOSH GAD), an oversized dwarf with a penchant for stealing things. Hoping to use him to find the Aculos, Artemis races against time to save his father.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the book series of the same name, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For fantasy action/peril and some rude humor.
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