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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…
Fell in love with the low-budget nature of this film.
The hand held camera style usually puts me in a murderous rage but this film is so wonderfully understated and the way we are thrown into the film with the two principle characters makes for a much more exciting monster movie.
The graphic scenes are dealt with poise and respect which is thoroughly appreciated and the relationship of Andrew and Samantha is believable and fun to watch.
I thought this was a sequel to the Aileen Wuornos movie. Fuck.
5/10: The movie posters reminded me of another alien sci-fi District 9 (2009) but don't expect it's as good as that. The idea of alien life form infecting earth is promising, but the story between the two main casts just do not do justice to the movie.
The beauty of this film is its subtlety which seems an odd thing to say about a movie featuring huge tentacled extra terrestrials but it's true.
The detail of the border crossings into the 'contaminated zones': the signage, the run down towns, the un-subtitled spanish dialogue- it all feels reel, perhaps because some of it is inspired by truths.
In a way, this film is about fear but not just the blindly running from scary aliens kind of fear. Instead it shows us a more nuanced kind of afraidness. Afraid of what you stand for, afraid of where you're going and afraid of what you might find out about yourself when you get there.
really liked how they treated the Giant monsters/aliens in this film. The creatures have a sense of awe and force of nature around them. I don't like the female character at all and at first I didn't like the male character either but I started to like him better as the movie progressed.
I really liked how they treated the Giant monsters/aliens in this film. The creatures have a sense of awe and force of nature around them. I don't like the female character at all and at first I didn't like the male character either but I started to like him better as the movie progressed.
atmosfera stupenda. Ce ne fossero
Directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), based off of his short film, Monsters is a film that seems to think it's a much deeper movie than it actually is.
While I give props to Edwards for boldly creating an independent creature feature, something quite difficult on such a small budget, I felt that this film fell short of its mark.
The film takes part in a world where aliens have taken over a small portion of the USA and Mexico and it's up to a photographer and his boss's daughter (who won't end up together at the end of the film) to escape.
The film is actually far more toned down to reflect on the damage done not only by the…
It baffles me that this is the same director who made the new Godzilla. Because this is a great movie with an interesting human story that never makes me feel like the monsters are being hidden, despite them having very little screen time.
In other words, it's the exact opposite of Godzilla.
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