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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…
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.
Smart, unique, and emotionally resonant, Monsters is a an immensely well-crafted, poignant, and stunning piece of sci-fi filmmaking as well as a highly impressive debut from Gareth Edwards, with compelling characters, surprisingly beautiful cinematography and visual effects (especially given its low budget), and excellent chemistry between stars Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able.
Hooptober Film #34
To be honest, I wasn't expecting too much creature action in this film. I wasn't expecting lots of tense moments or tons of blood or gore. What I was expecting was a dramatic narrative driven by competent dialogue that would make this film the unique indie I've heard so much about. It's too bad writer/director Gareth Edwards couldn't come up with some better dialogue for his characters.
Why don't you get on the boat?
Why not? Why can't you get on the boat?
You have my passport.
That was an actual exchange between our two main characters, who are just as vapid and flat as the story itself. Admittedly, there is some gorgeous cinematography…
In 2014 director Gareth Edwards gave us 'Godzilla' a film that even though it had issues I enjoyed. Being a Godzilla fan since I was a child it was great to see that at least an american production with a British director can get the look and sound and feel of 'The King of the Monsters'. I had seen 'Monsters' back when it first came out and did not really think much of it, it did not leave a big impression on me despite all of the people I have hear gushing about it. On a re-watch though it worked for me that much more. It was like I was kinda watching 'The Road', where we follow 2 characters and…
Naturaleza vs tecnología!!! ¿Es bueno el progreso? Siempre, ¿Tiene consecuencias? Siempre
Well, not as good as I'd hoped, but it had it's moments
No quiero parecer insensible pero esperaba otra cosa. Eso no quiere decir que no sea consciente de lo que la película quiere transmitir, ni que esperara una película simple de monstruos que matan cosas.
Pero tampoco esperaba que una película que comienza consiguiendo que sienta temor a las criaturas que le dan nombre y que tiene posibilidad de mandar un mensaje convincente, me haga sentir engañado al contarme una historia que me ha resultado aburrida y empalagosa, protagonizada por actores con cero carisma.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Giant octopus making love over a petrol station, while some weird hipster watch it ?
THAT'S THE LAMEST PORN I'VE SEEN.
Oh and also, it's a really boring monster movie. But if you got a beard, you're 20 and loooove latte, you should like it.
No problem with that, you should just never express you opinion. EVER.
"Monsters, monsters, monsters in the night; monsters, monsters, monsters in black and white!" It's Blue Öyster Cult, y'all, but never mind the fun rock songs, because it's time to get serious, as this isn't your kids' adorable "Monsters Inc.". Now, if this is to "Monster" what "Aliens" is to "Alien", I doubt it will be quite as horrifying as its predecessor, because no quantity of ruthless alien invaders can be as soul-chilling as Charlize Theron being turned ugly somehow. That's saying a lot, because these aliens are so hardcore that it took them to finally get Mexico labeled uninhabitably dangerous, although the Brits behind this film clearly don't know too much about North American politics and society, because they expect…
A gripping, thoughtful film that goes for intensity and character drama rather than boring action sequences.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…