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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…
I'm not entirely convinced about this film. I don't know why, but it was a little disappointing at times. Great concept, worked out well, but still I was missing something and I can't put my finger on it...
Maybe it'll come to me with a rewatch..
Pretty clear why Edwards was chosen for Godzilla now. He has a great skill with showing us the monsters we want to see and letting viewers use their imaginations. "Monsters" looks like "Children of Men", but it is perceived more as an allegory for border patrol. The ending is awesome.
Cloverfield and District 9 began a new trend in sci-fi by taking a more vivid and natural approach towards blending in the fantastic with the mundanity of everyday life. Monsters might seek to be grouped with these previous efforts, with it's vivid portrayal of a Mexico invaded by alien creatures (just like District 9 it's allegorical of current social and immigration issues). It's impressive to see this pulled off on a low budget. However, the premise of two Americans passing through an alien infested zone in Mexico in attempt to reach the American border should have been good fodder for tense moments, but strangely the film chooses to miss many set piece opportunities, or defuse them. Of those that remain,…
Pretty good film, a mix of District 9, Jurassic Park, Blood Diamond and Cloverfield. A little slow at times and the lack of ending keeps the score down, though
When all the action in your movie about Monsters occurs in the first five minutes, you know you've got a problem. But what really drags this movie down is not the fact that the focal point isn't the monsters themselves (in fact, that could be its most endearing quality) but that the lead characters and their lifeless love story couldn't be less interesting.
I guess what I'm saying is you don't need to make a movie that's called "Monsters" only about monsters, but you need to make it about something.
This movie is about a photographer that needs to take a girl home from Mexico back to USA. The problem is that couple of years ago an alien outbreak happened between US and Mexico creating an infected zone. They have to cross this infected zone to reach the US border.
The alien are not the main attraction on this movie. The imminence is real. Alien appear on the movie devastating everything or responding to human violence.
That seems to me that this is a low budget movie. But with a plus where you can see some forest tracks and an ancient Aztec pyramid. The aliens gain background importance, the real thing is the characters distant relationships and the continuous discovery of themselves.
The title of this movie should be Monsters??
This sci-fi monter movie had a relatively low budget meaning it's a bit lighter on the special effects and the character's experience is more grounded. A bit slow at times but overall it works.
Giant spaghetti monsters.
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