Rim of the World

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Rim of the World
Rim of the World (2019) poster.jpg
Promotional release poster
Directed byMcG
Produced by
  • McG
  • Mary Viola
  • Susan Solomon-Shapiro
  • Math Smith
Written byZack Stentz
Music byBear McCreary
CinematographyShane Hurlbut
Edited byVincent Tabaillon
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • May 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$15.7 million[1]

Rim of the World is a 2019 American science-fiction adventure film directed by McG from a screenplay by Zack Stentz. It stars Jack Gore, Miya Cech, Benjamin Flores, Jr., and Alessio Scalzotto. The film, which was Stentz' modern take on the kid-centered film of the 1980s,[2] was streamed on Netflix on May 24, 2019.[3] It immediately became the most watched content in the SVOD service, overtaking the series Dead to Me and Riverdale the day it was released.[4]


Four young teens from completely different backgrounds attend a summer camp called Rim of the World located in the mountains of southern California.[2] While there, aliens from space begin to attack the area. The teens soon after, come across an escape capsule from the International Space Station. Inside is Major Collins, an astronaut who escaped the ISS. She entrusts Alex (Jack Gore) with the key that has the information to stop the invasion, a trek from the camp all the way to Pasadena, California. Along the way, the four begin to know each other more and bond while fighting off any obstacles on their way there. At JPL, nerdy Alex, joker Dariush, tough guy Gabriel and badass Zhen Zhen work together to stop the invasion and are victorious in the end.



In March 2018, it was reported that McG would direct Rim of the World for Netflix from a screenplay by Zack Stentz. In an interview, Stentz revealed that he started working on the script as early as 2017 and the deal with Netflix was closed a year later.[5] Principal production commenced in May 2018 in Los Angeles, California.[6][7] In June 2018, the cast was announced.[8]

Principal photography began in June 2018.[9][8] Production reportedly covered 40-day shoot


On the review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 33% based on 9 reviews, with a weighted average of 3.8/10.[10]


  1. ^ Film and Television Tax Credit Program Program 2.0 (PDF) (Report). California Film Commission. p. 9. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Ouellette, Jennifer (2019-05-26). "New Netflix original Rim of the World is pretty much perfect summer fare". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  3. ^ "Rim of the World". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 2019-04-11.
  4. ^ White, Peter; White, Peter (2019-05-29). "McG's Sci-Fi Feature 'Rim of the World' Crashes Into Netflix UK Top Spot With 'Dead To Me' Holding Steady In Second". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  5. ^ Rogers, Adam (2019-05-24). "Netflix's 'Rim of the World' Shows Where Sci-Fi Is Headed". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  6. ^ Mike Fleming Jr (March 20, 2018). "McG Sets 'Rim Of The World' At Netflix". Deadline Hollywood.
  7. ^ "McG to direct sci-fi adventure Rim of the World for Netflix". flickeringmyth.com. March 25, 2018. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Amanda N'Duka (June 20, 2018). "McG Assembles Cast For Netflix Film 'Rim of the World'".
  9. ^ Peter File (June 24, 2018). "McG fills out the cast of his Netflix feature Rim of the World".
  10. ^ "Rim of the World (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 25, 2019.

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