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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…
Had a long day yesterday, so was too tired to review this. But I woke up today feeling alive, and fresh, and I'm going to go out again and make the most of the sun after I've finished writing whatever I'm going to write here.
I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters, and in particular the female character Samantha who for some reason, despite a fair few usually annoying traits, was endearing and did not in any way generate any sense of sympathy or neediness. Which I know a lot of other films can do very often and some will argue Gareth Edwards latest film may have done that. I agree to an extent he should have done…
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…
A really solid indie sci-fi movie which does a great job of moving quickly through the exposition and allowing the characters to drive the plot. The atmosphere created in this movie suits the story perfectly and makes it feel natural. A really well done film, especially with such a small budget.
Via Netflix - After the letdown that was Godzilla (2014) I have decided to check out where it all went wrong. Monsters is directed just like the latest iteration of Godzilla. The catch is that it works better in this scope while Godzilla needed that in your face destruction. Oddly enough our characters here are a million times deeper than the entire cast of Godzilla combined.
If anything, I'm glad this gave Scoot Mcnairy and Gareth Edwards a chance to seize much better film opportunities.
After seeing Gareth Edwards' latest movie Godzilla, I felt compelled to check out his directorial debut, that definitely serves as the beginning of a rags to riches type story. Taking on the directing, filming, editing, and special effects(of which the movie is almost saturated with) himself was an incredible feat. Sure it feels like a low budget movie most of the time, but it looked great for the most part.
I enjoyed seeing a monster/adventure movie with two leads who at least to me were completely unknown. It sold me on the story more. The on location scenery was beautiful and lent itself well to the feel of the film. I also enjoyed the acting of the main duo, trying…
With Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able and Director Gareth Edwards.
Nice little commentary from these 3, some really interesting comments regarding how and why they did things. What was real, added in post. Fun listening to how Whitney and Scoot fell in love with each other.
Really enjoyed it
White Americans have white people problems like getting overcharged for things in foreign countries and learn from aliens and Mexicans (same diff here) that their biggest problem is their boring, privileged lives.
Kill me now.
Scénario innatendu (pour ma part, je pensait que c'était un genre de Mobydick 2000) qui se tient du début à la fin, effets spéciaux très convainquants pour le budget. La pochette représente très mal le contenu du film qui traite en fait d'une vision interessante des effets d'une invasion par des organismes extra-terrestres et du voyage des deux personnages principaux pour retourner aux USA. J'ai trouvé les personnages intéressants, autant les principaux que les secondaires. Le non-dit est vraiment apprécié, plusieurs questions restent en suspend. Ça faissait longtemps que je n'avais pas vu un film de sci-fi qui ne prenait pas pour un cave.
The most impressive thing about Monsters is the world Edwards creates; the result of guerrilla shooting and well utilised effects.
My only motivation for coming home to watch this after the festivities was because I had engaging hallucinations earlier--I kept thinking I was seeing giant cephalopods tearing through the city...really though it was probably the damn fireworks and their clouds??
Whatever the case, I guess I'll say something honest now. I must say, I was excited to end the night with a 'monster' flick, and boy was I wrong to choose this one. But wait a minute nessy, didn't you actually enjoy Godzilla? Yeah so fucking what. That shit hit deep with tiny. So why didn't I enjoy this one? Also why had I not seen it before? Nahh fuck you, I'll only answer the former.
Well, the pacing, for…
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