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After Six Years, They're No Longer Aliens. They're Residents
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an infected zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures," while a journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.
The first time I watched Monsters, within about 5 minutes I realised that this was going to have to be a REALLY good film because it was going to have some job to stop me just gazing dreamily at Whitney Able for the whole film. I mean, she's pretty enough as it is, and then she goes ahead and has short blonde hair in this. Somebody wake me up!
To be honest, Monsters went a funny away about about it. This isn't really quite like many other monster films that I've ever seen. I don't know if director Gareth Edwards was almost backed into the slow and considered approach that he takes here by the very small budget he had…
What a lovely surprise.
It is so refreshing to see a film, a 'horror' film of sorts, in which the main characters are grounded, real people. It is so refreshing to see a film in which the woman isn't being guided everywhere, isn't running around yelling incessantly, and isn't being saved every 5 minutes by the male lead. Maybe I liked the film more than I should have just because of this. Either way, Monsters is a lovely gem of a monster movie, one that I will surely re-watch.
Gareth Edwards is a special effects wizard turned director who, on a shoe string budget, a couple of fabulous new actors and a camera - went across America filming in real locations, creating an amazing, affecting and intimate film about two people attempting to get home across the dangerous “infected zone” cordoned off from humanity after alien life fell to earth six years ago. Its visually rich, with great direction and I’m still in awe that Gareth Edwards added all his understated CGI from his home PC! If you are looking for action and alien warfare then look elsewhere. This is an impressive story of people and their journey across the danger zone. A must see film.
Decided to check this one out since its director is doing the new Godzilla movie. Not disappointed.
I think what stands out most about this film is its personality. It's got a really cool and unique world and doesn't just use the creature feature genre for cheap thrills. It definitely feels its budget at times, but it sacrifices in the right areas. The creatures are pretty minimal, but it works well that way and instead we get a much more character-driven story. The settings speak more for the monsters than the CGI. The plotting could use some work and for someone who rarely strays from big budget Hollywood nonsense the acting is less than perfect, but I had a great time with this movie. If this is what Gareth Edwards can do with 500 thousand dollars then I'm excited to see what he can do with 160 million.
A slightly more contextual review than normal but it seem only fitting to look at Gareth Edwards first feature film "Monsters" in the context in which it was made.
Anyone wanting to gain a greater appreciation of the scale of achievement that this film has achieved should look no further than the sumptuously long making of features on the blu ray where in the opening few minutes, you find out that Monsters had a production cast and crew of 6 people. 4 crew and 2 [primary] cast. The budget was estimated to be between $15,000 and $800,000 (the upper end of the budget may be explained away by post production and distributional / promotional costs - the $15,000 is more…
Road movie, love story, political allegory, musing on how we treat each other and nature. Should set a new benchmark for what indie film-makers can achieve. Final scenes are balletic; Swan Lake with alien squid. More on the site.
Finally got around to seeing this. Loved it. Deliberately paced, well-acted. I love stories where the monsters are metaphors and reside mostly in the background. Can't wait to watch it again.
Low budget but I liked it. Pumped for Godzilla.
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Some may find the title of director Gareth Edwards' first film to be deceiving, as it's more a thoughtful look at humanity than a monster movie. Edwards' giant, cephalopod-like alien creatures only appear in about three scenes throughout, but both they and the smoke-filled landscapes of the whole film are impressively realized. The mileage Edwards got out of his reported $500,000 budget is remarkable. But, this isn't an action movie. It ultimately works because the two leads (Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able) seem like natural, likable, real people. Plus, the social commentary is intriguing and Edwards' photography is often stunning. A "small" but surprisingly beautiful film.
Another of three films I watched today in B&W. It worked well, the only drawback being that the film didn't have quite enough contrast in some scenes to carry it off well enough. Recommended though.
I watched it mostly because I'm looking forward to his new Godzilla movie and figured it would be worth seeing where he started from, and I must say it's given me a lot of faith in that movie. Though the monster gimmick seems like it's initially going to be a big deal (the title is deceptively simple BTW, I wish he had come up with a better one), but it basically ends up being a very straight-forward survival story of a photographer, Andrew (Scoot McNairy), trying to get his boss's daughter, Sam (Whitney Able), out of Central America and into the United States, which is a challenge since the northern section of Mexico is an "Infected Zone" where creatures from…
With Godzilla looming on the horizon I thought I'd catch up with Gareth Edwards' first film. The look of the film, the effects, the concept and the world building are all great and intriguing, but let down by a relatively underwhelming story. It's a really impressive debut though -- especially considering the super low budget and DYI CGI -- so I'm quietly encouraged for the summer. Bring it on.
I'll always take an alien that has more on its mind than human flesh. There are enough movies where the aliens are out to 'kill all humans'. So in a way, "Monsters" was ahead of the game by default. The fact that it held my attention until the final reveal scene proves that this is more than just a nice concept.
The movie treads on dangerous ground here, as it contains obvious allegories to the U.S. immigration issue, and the current war in the middle east. But I thought they were both handled well, as my pretentio-meter showed "Monsters" was always well within safe levels of pompousity.
The movie was shot on a very small budget with a supposed skeleton…
So this is really hard to review. Not because of the material but because of how it is presented. I couldn't make up my mind the night I watched it and I had to sit with it for a few days and I'm still not entirely sure, but I'll give it my best shot.
On one hand, this movie suffers from a lot of little tiny things. Not big glaring mistakes, but just minuscule little nitpicks. Some of the dialogue is a little contrived at times, the quality of the visual effects wasn't consistent throughout, some of the concepts are imaginative but not well thought-out. Not major things, just very minor things. A lot of them were so minor it…
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