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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 it didn't click with me. Before you ask, I really can't remember why, which is bizarre especially considering how much I enjoyed it this time.
Spurred on by the (probably vain) hope that I will find the time to catch Godzilla in the theatres, I decided to give Edwards' film another go. I've always felt that budget restrictions forces true talent to surface. Compared to big blockbusters this was made for a pittance, but it never really shows. The choices Edwards makes are always the right ones. A setting with a big scope and an execution with a narrow focus show that simplicity done well always trumps convoluted storytelling and unnecessary complexity.
"We've located one man and one female, We're headed there now. Come on, it's not safe, let's go."
Director, Gareth Edwards, would've never had the opportunity to direct Godzilla if it weren't for the success of his 2010 small indie film, Monsters. With a pretty interesting premise and some strong visual effects, Edwards managed to direct a low budget sci-fi film with a small crew and amateurish equipment pretty effectively. The location chosen for this film was also perfect and the scenery helped create a realistic atmosphere of this apocalyptic world. I actually enjoyed the performance from the two lead actors, but I have to admit the film did drag at times and despite its short runtime it still felt…
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…
Filmed under a modest budget that's just shy of half a million dollars, there is a lot to admire about the feature film debut of director Gareth Edwards, whose latest film is roaring loud at the box-office right now. But despite its interesting premise & impressive production work from the crew, the film ends up falling a little short on the expectations it set in motion when it commenced its story with a brilliantly shot opening sequence.
Monsters presents a future world in which a NASA probe, while returning to Earth after collecting samples from a planet showing signs of extra-terrestrial life, crash lands in Mexico upon re-entry. Soon after, new life forms begin to emerge in the region leading to…
The essay before the dissertation, kick around before the game, beer nuts before the booze or cheese sticks before the pizza. You get my drift!
I was pretty gripped for the first hour and though my involvement waned towards the final third, you cant fault the zero budget effort to create a good looking, well acted, intense little sci-fi drama. The couple are excellent and the evolution of their relationship is nice and natural. The guerrilla approach to photographing the journey and the realistic manner in which the story unfolds is so grounded it feels like a found footage movie. That's a compliment by the way.
Gareth Edwards is right at the top of my watch list. I love Godzilla…
Review In A Nutshell:
After seeing the satisfying Godzilla film by Gareth Edwards, I was curious to find out and watch the rest of the director's filmography. It turns out that his previous film was his debut feature film, Monsters. Expectations were not particularly high with this film as I have glanced over some of the ratings that others have given it, and there were a number of people that gave it a low score. After seeing Monsters, it did not convert me into a fan of the director, but it did help improve my perspective towards his sophomore film, even if his debut was a little underwhelming. Monsters is rough around the edges but Edwards delivers enough to prevent…
Vrlo solidan indie sf film, začinjen sa upečatljivim krajem, ko je obratio pažnju (hint Richard Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries).
Film je kao što neko reče (a i ja sam isto primjetila) spoj District 9 i Cloverfield. Malo i War of the Worlds. Ali opet originalan. Alegorija na meksičke imigrante i kriminal (=Monsters). Lijepi prizori (u fazonu u Mexicu izdvajamo iz turističke ponude :D), minimum CGI (zbog ograničenog budžeta) što mu samo daje dodatni plus.
Vanzemaljci su, ipak, backround tema, dok je romansa između dvoje protagonista u prvom planu, te se vjerovatno zbog toga i laganijeg tempa film nekima ne sviđa.
Ha ha....you probably thought that this movie was going to be monster this and monster that. Believe me, I did, as well.
In Monsters, a NASA spacecraft carrying samples of alien life has broken up over Mexico, and infected the area. A cynical journalist is tasked with escorting a shaken American tourist through the infected zone to safety.
Now, if you've heard of this movie, you probably have heard the bad reviews of this movie. People wanted more monsters, more action. Who would want to see a character-driven story that's well acted, emotionally powerful, and really just a beautiful experience, am I right?
I love monster movies, Cloverfield, Godzilla, they're awesome. But I also have been missing sci-fi films with…
this is NOT a monsters' film
Monsters is a cross between District 9 and Lost in Translation as it is a contemplative piece about two people thrown together in a foreign environment ... that just happens to be overrun with an alien species.
It is explained at the beginning of the film that NASA discovered life in the solar system some 6 years ago and a probe was launched to collect samples; but that probe crashed upon re-entry over Mexico. The film takes place in the (alt-ish) "present" and finds a young woman being escorted by a man (an employee of her father) through Central America back to the United States.
The movie provides several shots of maps and "infection zones" etc. as these two must…
The monsters in "Monsters" were similar to the zombies (excuse me, walkers) in the later seasons of "The Walking Dead", in that they quickly ceased to be the focus and became merely minor annoyances in the background of a soap opera. Here, we're asked to pay more attention to the characters and their journey together, but the problem is that the two people really aren't that interesting. At all. Seriously. They both could have died, and I would not have cared one single bit.
I understand the threat of the unseen and unknown, and I know that there is some kind of social commentary, sure, sure. However, would it have killed them to make an interesting movie? Given giant aliens…
Love in the Times of Monsters Invasion.
Watched (2010) "Monsters". It's been 6 years since the NASA shuttle crashed in Mexico. On the shuttle were samples of possible alien life. Now those samples are alive and doing quite fine. There is a quarantined area where massive walls were built between US & Mexican boarder. According to IMDB trivia,Director/Writer Gareth Edwards (from the UK) says this movie has no "boarders" subtext. So what you have is two people over the boarder trying to get back home. It's kind of a dull road movie. "Planes,Trains,& Automobiles" minus comedy (but add giant sqiuds!). It's not a horrible movie it's just not very entertaining.
Reeaally could've used some monsters.
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