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An eccentric scientist (Jason Sudeikis, miscast) takes in his estranged teenage daughter (Amanda Seyfried), who comes to stay with him after the death of her mother. She’s convinced her old man’s theories about a race of tiny humanoid creatures that inhabit the nearby forest are proof of his departure from reality. Then a freak accident propels her into the world that dear old Dad described, where a once-in-a-century battle rages. Bring on the colourful-yet-kid-friendly carnage and celebrity voices: Josh Hutcherson, Chris O’Dowd, Aziz Ansari, Beyoncé Knowles and even Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.

Like its nondescript title, Epic is so generic it might as well come in a black-and-white box: Animated Adventure Designed to Sell Toys. Despite obvious parallels between micro- and macro-storylines, director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) cuts awkwardly between the two worlds, derailing whatever piddling momentum the movie manages to accumulate. Though technology has made massive leaps in the 15 years since A Bug’s Life, this tiny-creature ’toon can’t muster anything like the Pixar classic’s sense of wonder. Wonder requires a point of view – and Epic has none.

By Sam Adams
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 102
  • Released: Thu, 30 May
  • Classification: G
  • Language: English
  • Director: Chris Wedge
  • Stars: Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Beyoncé Knowles, Blake Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Allison Bills, Jim Conroy, John DiMaggio

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