Tim Purtell
July 18, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Relic

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore
director
Peter Hyams

We gave it a C

A science degree may be a prerequisite to fully appreciate the plot of this derivative action chiller. Penelope Ann Miller’s plucky evolutionary biologist and Tom Sizemore’s gruff detective in The Relic exchange words like ”ectothermic” and ”hypothalamus” as they ponder how to destroy a supernatural monster at large in a Chicago museum. More satisfying is Stan Winston’s creature, which suggests a giant warthog crossed with a dinosaur, though dim lighting sometimes renders it mysteriously murky. And in a nice, sensible-’90s touch, Miller removes her heels before pursuing the beast. C

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