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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, 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…
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.
Gareth Edwards is a special effects wizard turned director who, on a shoe string budget, a couple of fabulous new actors and a camera - went across America filming in real locations, creating an amazing, affecting and intimate film about two people attempting to get home across the dangerous “infected zone” cordoned off from humanity after alien life fell to earth six years ago. Its visually rich, with great direction and I’m still in awe that Gareth Edwards added all his understated CGI from his home PC! If you are looking for action and alien warfare then look elsewhere. This is an impressive story of people and their journey across the danger zone. A must see film.
A slightly more contextual review than normal but it seem only fitting to look at Gareth Edwards first feature film "Monsters" in the context in which it was made.
Anyone wanting to gain a greater appreciation of the scale of achievement that this film has achieved should look no further than the sumptuously long making of features on the blu ray where in the opening few minutes, you find out that Monsters had a production cast and crew of 6 people. 4 crew and 2 [primary] cast. The budget was estimated to be between $15,000 and $800,000 (the upper end of the budget may be explained away by post production and distributional / promotional costs - the $15,000 is more…
Decided to check this one out since its director is doing the new Godzilla movie. Not disappointed.
I think what stands out most about this film is its personality. It's got a really cool and unique world and doesn't just use the creature feature genre for cheap thrills. It definitely feels its budget at times, but it sacrifices in the right areas. The creatures are pretty minimal, but it works well that way and instead we get a much more character-driven story. The settings speak more for the monsters than the CGI. The plotting could use some work and for someone who rarely strays from big budget Hollywood nonsense the acting is less than perfect, but I had a great time with this movie. If this is what Gareth Edwards can do with 500 thousand dollars then I'm excited to see what he can do with 160 million.
Probably the best monster movie that barely shows you any of the actual monsters.
Monsters has been my go-to recommendation as an example of a movie that does a whole lot with relatively little. It just goes to show that with a well thought out and cohesive overall vision, fantastic world building, and a few strong performances in the central roles, you can create a film that feels far more grandiose and sprawling in scope than it actually is.
When you can sell your world as entirely believable and get your audience to care about the people on screen, you don't need a blockbuster budget to be effective. Monsters is a home run in every way and keeps reminding me that creativity and originality are still very present in modern cinema.
more talking than action. Since it is obviously low budget, all the monster effects take place at night. Oh well, ok flick.
Loved it more second time round, and ended up quite smitten with the soundtrack too.
*Looks up composer* hmm, nominated for brit awards - who says my taste is so 90s!?
When I first saw this in theaters, I felt that maybe I was so impressed because I had factored in the budgetary restraints and the crazy way Edwards put it all together.
Years later, I'm happy to report that it's still a fantastic directorial debut. Jurassic Park vibes mixed with a commentary on immigration. Really love this film. Bring on GODZILLA!
Must watch .
If u like District 9 , this one is for u .
It's more frustrating than anything; due to the insanely small budget, it's mostly slow and meandering. The aliens are nearly non-existent, but their off-screen assaults could've worked if the director knew anything about building tension or shooting in the dark. Still, it almost glides by on its premise, hampered mostly by the leads; they're annoying and unlikeable and totally uninteresting. I guess you get what you pay for.
It's still better than District 9 though.
The social context any good monster movie has is there, and the low key effects work great. Suck that i couldn't give a damn about the two lead characters.
Liked this a lot better the second time, watching it with my (more or less) undivided attention on a big screen instead of on my computer. Bodes well for Godzilla!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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