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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…
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…
This is a great example of making a film with an incredibly small budget look like it had so many more resources than it had. I never would have guessed this film was made for $500,000 and that's just how great a job Gareth Edwards did.
However, I still didn't like the movie all that much. For being a character-driven story, the characters aren't all that interesting.
Wer bei “Monsters” einen klassischen Alienfilm erwartet wird ganz schnell enttäuscht sein vom Film. Zwar bietet die spektakuläre Eröffnungssequenz einen tollen Blick auf die außerirdische Bedrohung und auch im weiteren Verlauf des Films kann man immer mal wieder einen Blick auf die Aliens erhaschen, der Kerns des Films sind sie aber nicht.
Vielmehr ist “Monsters” ein Film über eine Reise ins Ungewisse, der mit der Angst vor einer Bedrohung spielt, die zugleich bekannt und unbekannt ist. Und genau da liegt für mich das Problem des Films. Ich als Zuschauer weiß zu schnell was auf die Protagonisten zukommt und so wirklich will man nicht mit den beiden Hauptdarstellern mitfiebern.
Scott McNairy (Argo, Frank) und Sam Whitney Able (All the boys love…
A second viewing doesn't do this thing any favors. At all.
Gareth Edwards shows the art of making a monster movie real and suspenseful without having to over-use the monster itself. With a number of places that could use improvement, Monsters ends up being Gareth Edwards job application for Godzilla.
Good thing the alien/monster/creature make-out scene was at the end of the film.
I never knew that a Sci-Fi movie could be such romantic!
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The perils of improvisation...
I just watched "The Abyss" and complained about how scripted all the dialogue sounded. Here we have the opposite problem. Mumbly quasi interesting conversations set against a lens flare aesthetic somewhere between 70's Spielberg and Terrence Malick.
The lead actor warbles and winces. He creepily fixates on his fellow protagonist. Even though she's engaged, he grows petulant when she doesn't immediately reciprocate his unsolicited touching and drunken make-out proposition.
The movie smartly doesn't feature much actual monster action. It doesn't even feature much suspense or monster threat. This is okay, the notion of a monster movie where people are tired and inconvenienced by the monsters rather than quaking in fear is interesting. It's just that the…
Interesting blend of sci-fi and romance and really well done considering the budget.
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