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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…
Low-budget début. Ok, ok. But you want to set your low-budget début in the trickiest setting possible, with a solid but not adorable story? Well, a pleasant shocker! With a big sci-fi alien-invasion premise, its attention on what happens years after most monster movies (well after the immediate panic and destruction, the infrastructure problems, waiting, trying to move away) -- not to mention a lot is in Spanish because it's all in Mexico -- MONSTERS really delivers. My gosh.
And the disappointment, naturally! Well, I can understand some. Pretty girl has to be a damsel in distress, etc. Some of the beats about photography, exploitation, perspective in post-9/11 America are a little rough/obvious, etc. The expository title cards needed some…
Considering that this was his first film, made on a tight budget, this was a very impressive debut from director Gareth Edwards. Good performances from the two leads and a refreshingly different take on the alien invasion genre. I feel that the film could have been edited a little better; the pace felt a little slow in the middle. But the beautiful Mexican backdrop makes up for that, and the ending is satisfying and meaningful.
This movie had such cinematic potential but the characterization was shit. Why can't directors create women in movies that are like actual women, aka strong and diverse and not always a damsel in distress ??!!
A grown fucking woman needs a male escort to get her safely to the border? I don't think so.
Also he was creepily jeering at her for most of the film, drunkenly hitting on her and making unwanted advances (which is sadly very common, just nothing like what his character was set up to be). Cue awkward (forced) sexual tension, a failing engagement, and being forced to spend time together, and you have the beginning of every other boring "accidental romance" plot (differentiated only by…
Nice world building, poor characterisation.
Cuatro veces intente verla, pero el sueño me vencía a los pocos minutos de empezada. Tengo que verla mas temprano -me decía-, ayer lo hice y creo que debí hacerle caso a mi subconciente.
La película es más bien una road-movie con un poco de romance. Con una estética genial, que demuestra lo mucho que se puede hacer visualmente con poco presupuesto, pero nada mas.
Before taking the helm to direct the Americanized resurrection of GODZILLA,Gareth Edwards had the genre film world taking wide notice of him with this slow moving and boring film that's actually a love story disguised as an alien invasion film,for we may see the gigantic tentacle title beings at times,but it mainly sticks to a dull and uninspired love story between Whitney Able(TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE) and Scoot McNaily as they cruise their way through alien invasion-torn Central America. I can certainly understand slowly developing a human relations story,but I paid my hard earned to see alien monsters...and lots of time spent on them,for if I want to see a love story I just go over to either the…
Monsters mi ha frantumato il cuore in un milione di pezzi.
Gareth Edwards directed this sci-fi film on a shoestring budget, using non-actors, improvisation and filming in several locations illegally. The way Edwards manages to make the film look as if it was made with larger financial means is the strongest aspect of the film, proving that filmmaking is as accessible to those wishing to take on the craft as ever.
The film itself is flawed but the original plot and Edwards' excellent use of suspense save the film from being a forgettable experience. The titular monsters are kept at bay for most of the film and when they do appear, they remain shrouded from full view. This provides for a refreshing take on a genre ripe with films which have…
What Edwards has achieved technically with a confining budgetary constraint is impressive. That said, everything else on display is surface-level and is never probed all the way to the core.
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