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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…
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…
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…
The movie description pretty much sets it up for me loving it even if its terrible, and just adding to the pile of very very bad sci-fi that I adore for reasons. I'm expecting something like A Sound Of Thunder (2005) but with evolution sped up and crossed with District 9 (2009). RIGHT?? Because that's what the description says?
BUT no. NO.
This is just awful. It isn't science fiction at all. It's bump-in-the-dark weak horror that is more interested in WILL THEY KISS OR WON'T THEY than the fact that they're supposedly surrounded by aliens. The characters are literally completely uninterested and unimpressed/unmoved by the main selling point of this movie.
Her response to learning that the…
The dialogue of this film seems like it was written by an alien who doesn't understand human language
Wenn man diesen Film sieht, versteht man schnell, warum Gareth Edwards Godzilla machen durfte. Solide Effekte, Gespür für ästhetische Bilder, "respektvoller" Umgang mit seinen Monstern. Kein großes Erklärungsdrumherum. Das bisschen, was da ist, reicht vollkommen. Und das Militär (anders als bei Godzilla, vermutlich aus Budgetgründen) zu reinen Statisten gemacht, was den Film definitiv nicht schlechter macht. Gibt den Protagonisten Gelegenheit, einfach nur zu beobachten, fürchten, erleben, staunen, erfürchtig zu sein. Und die Monster haben die richtige Mischung aus mysteriös und majestätisch.
This past summer, I liked Godzilla (Gareth Edward's follow-up) enough, despite some fairly significant flaws, most of which revolve around the painfully cookie-cutter human characters, so I decided to check his first film. I had no problem with the common criticism that there wasn't enough stuff with the creatures. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this film suffers from many of the same issues, most notably the fact there isn't more than a handful of minutes of the titular monsters during the relatively short runtime. In fact, they seem to exist on another track from the main plot; only occasionally intersecting. The human characters aren't as boring as Godzilla's, but besides some background information, you don't really get to know them. They're relationship is…
might try watching this one again, got pretty bored with it the first time, and i dont really remember much other than thinking "for a movie entitled 'monsters' that has a spider looking thing on the cover i figured itd have a little more excitement than this" ...
Kozepes CGI, kozepes karakterek, buta sztori es gyenge labakon allo drama. Az egyetlen ertekelheto dolog a zene volt (John Hopkins).
Handsomely mounted and pretty engaging but dragged down by awful, awful dialog every step of the way. Best watched dubbed into a language you do not speak.
It's not good but it's not bad.
Gareth Edwards is not a writer.
From his two films, Monsters and Godzilla (2014), it's clear that Edward's talent is creating films with atmosphere. The set up in this film, similar to that of 2009's District 9, is that an alien species has been quarantined on Earth, specifically Mexico. The two films are also similar in their thematic qualities, as Monsters uses their aliens to create an allegorical comparison to the state of race relations and immigration between the US and Mexico. Additionally, Edwards creates a society that has been shaped believably by such an event. The community surrounding the quarantine zone has been shaped by fear. The CGI in the film is convincing and, much like in his recent…
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