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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.
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…
"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…
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…
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…
Every instinct this movie has - to emphasize character over action, to create suspense via milieu, to use the aliens sparingly - is the right one. But the execution just isn't there.
"Monsters" does for extraterrestrials what "Jurassic Park" did for dinosaurs. This film has a very "District 9" feel to it with a first feature director in Gareth Edwards. The aliens take some getting used to, but the film's plot falls perfectly into place with these two fresh new actors.
Film #5 of the May '16 Scavenger Hunt
Task #8: A low budget, high concept sci-fi film
~Surprise, surprise, I love the sci-fi film in this challenge... XD
Movies like this make me want more than anything to be a filmmaker and I already know I totally suck at actually working a camera. But Monsters is so quietly tense and subtle in execution. Scoot McNairy and Whitney Abe are wonderful, imperfect leads. The world-building is fabulously rich. And the fact that Gareth Edwards did so much of it on his own is just icing on the cake. Wondrously ambitious with a lot of pay-off.
The touching story of two people thrown together in extreme circumstances who learn that life isn't all about what's expected of you or your own selfish drive as they traverse an alien infested area of Mexico back to the USA. First time director, Gareth Edwards, did all the soecial effect in his bedroom and in places it shows, but they stand up to other blockbusters from 2010 because they're used sparingly and effectively. There are some fairly heavy-handed criticisms of America's treatment of 'aliens' and some post-hurricane Katrina imagery and some of the dialogue is a bit hackneyed, but you can get totally lost in the central characters' relationship, and that's the crux of the film at the end of the day.
Gareth Edwards hat hier ein Film gedreht der mich sehr überrascht hat. Hatte eigentlich nicht sonderlich große Erwartungen und wurde mit einem sehr guten Roadmovie/Liebesfilm belohnt.
Der Film macht es wie "The walking Dead" auch und rückt die Gefahr der Monster in den Hintergrund. Man merkt und weiß das sie da sind doch konzentriert sich der Film eher auf seine Umgebung und die Nachwirkungen.
Auch das Monsterdesign selber finde ich ganz gut. Klar wurde das Rad nicht neu erfunden aber die Mischung aus Octopus und Cthulhu finde ich persönlich sehr gelungen.
Auch macht Edwards nicht den Fehler den Fehler seine Monster zu oft zu zeigen, das baut einerseits Spannung auf und andererseits hätte das Budget das wahrscheinlich auch nicht gestemmt.
Abschließend großartiger Film der mir persönlich sehr gefallen hat.
Gareth Edwards' sci-if drama-thriller is more of a character piece than it is a full-on creature feature. The character element, powered by Scoot McNairy & Whitney Able, is quite good but the movie's such a slow burner that by the time the creature feature element kicks in, you nearly lose interest. Only watch it if you have the heavy duty patience of a Royal Palace guard.
Very interesting until you realise that the film is over and nothing happened yet...
This low budget science fiction film was much liked when it was released last year, but I missed it. Now I’ve caught up with it. There are big octopus alien monster things in northern Mexico and the U.S. armed forces are trying to keep them under control. Scoot McNairy is a photo-journalist trying to get some pictures of the monsters; the boss of his magazine orders him to help his daughter, Whitney Able, out of the area. They head for the port but they miss the last boat out (McNairy’s fault), so they head off for the States through the Infected Zone (there be Monsters). Despite its title the monsters aren’t the centre of the film: they growl a lot…
L'esordio di Edwards è un sufficiente film d'autore (cura quasi tutto lui: dagli effetti alla fotografia, alla sceneggiatura), che punta tutto sull'eticha del foto-reporter e sul nazionalismo oltranzista americano. Compassato nel ritmo, cercando più la contemplazione, che la pura azione (praticamente zero).Un po' sonnacchioso nell'incedere e la storia dei due è un po' debole; ma come opera prima direi che tutto sommato non è da buttare.
This is the second time I've seen this, and strangely, I think I preferred it more the first time. I know its not a story about the 'monsters', more of a story of two people falling in love, but I found it rather boring and slow paced, and ultimately lost interest.
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