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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…
Giant spaghetti monsters.
Like Godzilla, this film features barely any actual monsters.
Like Godzilla, this film features barely any actual Bryan Cranston.
This film will probably always be remembered for what it led to more than what it was. Gareth Edwards made this unusual combo of indie drama and monster movie for a shoestring budget, which impressed some Hollywood hotshots so much that they decided to give him a several order of magnitudes higher budget in exchange for toning down that indie drama stuff. The result was of course the latest incarnation of Godzilla, a movie I have yet to watch.
But what about this one then, where the studio people right to be excited? Well, it follows an arrogant photographer and a (rich) papas girl doing some volunteering/poverty tourism in central America. In between them and their US homes, lies Mexico…
A film where a lack of depth isn't detrimental to the overall experience. Monsters slowly pulls you in with the scenery and the desire to go home. But what really makes this post-apocalyptic film stand out is it's courage to rediscover beauty during traumatic events. The journey may have been painfully arduous, the creatures only featured as cameos, but the ending will definitely stay with you.
Post-apocalyptic movies normally attract my attention and enchant me in general. It shouldn't necessarily be a movie where you are treated all the time with images of total destruction, oncoming hordes of aliens or virus mutated zombies. But this movie really was a slow nerve provoking film that looked more like a road movie or a travelogue on Travel channel that was poured into a cinematic form.
A large part of the film is used to show how the two main characters, a press photographer and the daughter of a newspaper magnate who somehow ended up in South America, are moving from place to place to reach a secure America lying behind immense walls. This travel-images are then interspersed with…
This is nearly a perfect movie. A compelling premise is allowed to blossom through interesting characters, awe-inspiring cinematography, and a tense storyline that never quite veers towards horror, but includes enough taut moments to propel the story onward.
Conceptually science fiction, Monsters proves that the core of any good story is the characters and plot execution, such that the overall effect ends up being more suspense and drama. This allows Monsters to eclipse its genre trappings and be just a really excellent film.
It may not entirely live up to its interesting premise, and it suffers from a few pacing problems, but Monsters is a great sci-fi character drama nonetheless, benefiting from two great performances and brilliant direction and visual effects.
A great concept, cool visual effects and sound design, and some good scares are weighed down be two painfully uninteresting leads. They don't ruin the movie, but they do keep it from being a great one.
Part of my Hoop-Tober challenge!
Hoop-Tober Movie #4
I didn't know what I was signing up for when I started to watch Monsters. I assumed it was going to be a horror movie, a scare your pants off kind of thing. And I am pretty glad that I am wrong. Thus far, I've seen Silence of the Lambs, The Wicker Man, and Scream, none of which are this type of scared shitless types of movies, and I think it's a good start to the month. But they are horror movies. I don't know if I would even call Monsters a horror movie. I think the more proper term is a, well, Monster movie.
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