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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…
Swoon. God I loved this.
A crashed space probe results in giant Cthulhu-looking octopus monsters occupying a large swath of Mexico, which makes it difficult for a freelance photographer (Scoot McNairy) to chaperone the daughter (Whitney Ables) of a rich publisher back to the US. It seems that writer/director Gareth Edwards must be trying to say about the US/Mexico relationship, but I don't quite get it. This is a monster movie that is short on thrills but is redeemed by a completely immersing sense of atmosphere and a weird beauty.
A low budget monster movie. Watching this you could never guess the budget as this is an excellent looking sci fi monster movie with a great story. Great film.
If you enjoyed Cloverfield, you will very likely also enjoy this one.
And it has very nice post-apocalyptic scenery!
Vorhersehbar. Und die vielen schönen Subtexte und Anspielungen (Umgang mit Einwanderung und dem Fremden an sich, unübersehbare Assoziationen zu Stalker, Apocalypse Now, Jurassic Park) werden auch nicht gerade gebührend eingebunden und ausformuliert. Aber eine Figur Scoot McNairys, dieses wahnsinnig authentischen Pechvogel-Darstellers, beinahe glücklich zu sehen zum Schluss ist auch mal schön.
The problem with Monsters is that it starts off very interesting and sets up a really cool premise. Unfortunately, the final result is an unbelievably boring, forgettable and uninspired film that doesn't offer any entertainment whatsoever. The characters mean nothing, the performances are weak, and at only 93 minutes, it's still hard to sit through.
Interesting premise. Story line set up to have lots of options. Director then decides he just wants long shots of the lead actress. Literally nothing interesting happens. Complete waste of time.
Gareth Edwards debut feature is a beautifully filmed drama thriller with Scott McNairy and Whitney Able.
Wasn't necessarily interested in giving this movie another shot, but my instructor put it on in class to demonstrate how effects for a film could be done from someone's garage if they knew how to use the tools. Enjoyed it significantly more on this second go-round with my expectations pre-adjusted.
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