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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.
A mismatched couple must make their way through deadly Mexican territory infested by giant alien monsters to reach the U.S. border. The allegory is anvilicious. The characters take a while to develop enough depth to allow a viewer to relate, especially the main male character, who's a huge jerk. The plot is a bit contrived.
I can forgive all that because I loved the way the monsters were handled. They're not confined to the limited role of the thinly veiled metaphor. The movie gives them enough room to be interesting in their own right. The special effects budget is obviously not limitless, which I found charming, and they use it in all the right places.
Overall, I found myself really enjoying the ride.
I do wish I'd seen this before Godzilla as it fits the approach so much better and might have altered my expectations of Edwards' second film. Monsters sketches a hugely plausible post-visit Earth without detracting from the magic of the aliens. The leads are a little flat and their nascent relationship not quite up to carrying the weight the film asks of it but it's not enough to spoil this cerebral little film
The big monsters were cool. A couple of good scares. The final few minutes turned me off.
I am kind of taken with this film. Shot for a budget of $800,000 this is a sci-fi monster movie wrapped up in a romance flick. Kaulder is a photo journalist in Mexico where his assignment just got changed. He is now to escort the bosses daughter back safely to America. Why is is dangerous? An alien race has landed and is currently "contaminating" most of Central America.
This movie is a mash up of Cloverfield and District 9 (Movie #155) all wrapped around love story. Another film this reminded me of was last years Frozen (Movie #76). Not really in plot or style but more in ambition. Both films used normal, realistic dialogue to convey the absurdness of their…
Meh. Comparisons to Before Sunrise are insulting, this film has no chemistry. Some good cinematography.
This is one of those "little-indies-that-could." Unfortunately it wasn't enough. I don't know what else to say. It bordered on SyFy quality and seemed to use a low budget to be "purposefully minimalistic." Well, is that great art or great economy with the price tag still showing?
Monsters is a beautiful, intelligent, and underrated independent sci-fi thriller. The impressive visuals and perfect score, as well as the simple, fast-moving plot and likable characters make this one of the best alien/monster movies of the last decade.
Monsters deu as caras em Cannes e no Festival do Rio em 2010 e merece destaque por sua realização e produção independente. Gareth Edwards com apenas quinhentos mil dólares financiou o seu primeiro filme de estreia no cinema. O coleguinha só precisou de uma equipe de cinco pessoas, elenco de duas, uma filmadora Sony EX3, uma Canon 50 MM Lens e Adobe CS4 arquitetado em 64-bit. Com isso rodou pelo México à procura de locações a esmo e alguns atores secundários. Mais alguns dias trancado no porão editando e pronto: temos o técnico de efeitos especiais, diretor e roteirista revelação do ano.
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