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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…
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…
For most people, $800,000 is a life changing sum of money, a dream come true for anyone grinding out week after work of a job to ensure that they can keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table. However, in regards to the process of making a film, a production budget of under a million dollars these days is almost unheard of as we currently experience a cinematic landscape that regularly releases works with budgets north of 200 million dollars, needing absurd box office success in order to simply break even. The directorial debut of the new hot commodity in the industry Gareth Edwards, Monsters is a film of stunning craft and attention to detail, a…
Monsters deu as caras em Cannes e no Festival do Rio em 2010 e merece destaque por sua realização e produção independente. Gareth Edwards com apenas quinhentos mil dólares financiou o seu primeiro filme de estreia no cinema. O coleguinha só precisou de uma equipe de cinco pessoas, elenco de duas, uma filmadora Sony EX3, uma Canon 50 MM Lens e Adobe CS4 arquitetado em 64-bit. Com isso rodou pelo México à procura de locações a esmo e alguns atores secundários. Mais alguns dias trancado no porão editando e pronto: temos o técnico de efeitos especiais, diretor e roteirista revelação do ano.
O longa traz toques de Distrito 9 e Cloverfiled. Apesar de carregar alguns clichês na trama ele passa…
Stimmt alles, hier. Beim ersten Mal extrem positiv überrascht, beim zweiten Mal nur begeistert. Ziemlich perfekt.
Gareth Edwards’ pre-Godzilla monster invasion flick is a fresh meat to the genre. Laying the suspense upon main characters’ interactions with each other is the core; meanwhile, stellar performance from McNairy and his eventual wife is such an genre gem.
Monsters is a proof that monsters do not always need big budget to prey; they only need fresh scripts.
We needed something like this. Hard to get a good monster movie.
Well shot and delivered spot on.
Really liked it.
Bluray extra interview showed that plot not partly based on criticism of US anti-immigration as I immediately assumed. Actually premised on the cost of steps taken to battle terrorism.
Shot on the cheap with a small team. The wow factor 100% provided by CGI.
Sexy lady, interesting guy (actors are a couple).
I thought the journey up the river in the middle third of the movie was a direct take from Apocalypse Now, right down to boat/plane tangled high in trees. But director only quoted Spielberg as inspiration.
Loved the downbeat soundtrack.
Well made considering the tiny budget and that's probably what got the director his Godzilla gig rather than the mundane and plodding treatment of an interesting idea.
Monsters is admirable for working with a very small budget of less than $500,000 rewarding director Gareth Edwards to getting the big-time job of Godzilla (2014).
But the story and characters of Monsters are tedious, clumsy and mundane.
Monsters: a H.P Lovecraftian romance movie. Just keeps getting better everytime I watch it.
Ik las ergens dat deze film niet eens een script had, het was goed te merken. Er gebeurt vrij weinig, zeker voor dit genre. Het duurt dan ook 40 minuten voor een set-up die in 5 minuten verteld had kunnen worden. Het had ook weinig toevoeging want ik wist van de helft van de tijd nog steeds niet waar de personages mee bezig waren, een gevolg van onwetende acteurs. That being said, de kwaliteit van het beeld en de (niet al te vaak voorkomende) visuals gaven de film wel een aparte sfeer, in de goede betekenis van het woord. Er werd meer focus gelegd op de slachtoffers en het leed rondom de nevenpersonages in plaats van de aandacht constant te vestigen op de struggles van de hoofdpersonen, iets wat de meeste rampenfilms vaak vergeten. Geslaagd om onconventioneel te zijn, maar gefaald om mij te boeien.
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