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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…
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.
"Monsters" depicts a near future where space bacteria infects the Northern region of Mexico, creating giant octopus monsters, and causing the land to be quarantined; forcing the USA to build a massive wall along the Mexican/American border. Also goes by the title "Donald Trump's Wet Dream".
In all seriousness, the film is actually pretty good. Visually, Gareth Edwards proved his worth right off the bat with this film. This film alone cemented him as an obvious choice for Rogue One without even considering Godzilla (which I also loved a lot more than most). The monsters... well, they called them "creatures"... which is kinda weird because then the movie should probably be called Creatures... but the creatures are incredible. I won't…
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A solid big/small movie and a really solid first outing for Edwards. Warning this is not a horror or action film and with that menacing title you might be let down by this one but what it is is a drama with a fantastical backdrop. A big recommend.
P.S. Trump's wall does make a cameo in the film and is as useful in fiction as it will be in real life.
"Monsters" is directed by Gareth Edwards, and stars Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able. Six years after a NASA probe crashed landed in Mexico which lead to giant tentacled monsters, an American photojournalist(McNairy) is tasked with escorting his employer's daughter back to America by crossing through "the infected zone" where the creatures reside.
Before Gareth Edwards landed the job as director for "Godzilla" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", he wrote and directed this indie film at a budget of only $500,000. Edwards strings a lot out of a small budget, and creates a genuine sense of fear without showing much of the creatures. It reminded me a lot of "Jaws", in which you're always in a height of suspense…
The scene where they look at the wall America built to keep Mexico isolated plays so much more poignantly now.
Excellent movie, not what you would expect. Character driven.
I'm glad they gave him money to do Godzilla. Slow paced, using low lighting to mask its lower budget to a somewhat effective effect. But it fails to thrill like Jaws did while hiding its monster.
Tense and unique. Can remember the awesome ending and that lady that quacks; need to re-watch.
Up-and-Coming director, Gareth Edwards, knocks it clear out of the park with his suspensefully terrifying film debut of a man and woman trying to journey on their way to safety through the "Infected Zone." Like Godzilla, Edwards doesnt focus way too much on what you see, but what you don't see. And to me, that works best for this film. Had me and my friend at the edge of our seats, and for a rather low-budget film, decent cinematography, a clear specialty of Edwards. Did not regret buying it at all, I highly recommend it if you wanna see a good apocalyptic, science-fiction, horror film for a change.
Edward's directorial debut is a personal, subtle and overly simple drama with giant monsters in the background.
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