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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.
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…
"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…
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…
Every instinct this movie has - to emphasize character over action, to create suspense via milieu, to use the aliens sparingly - is the right one. But the execution just isn't there.
Written & directed by Gareth Edwards this film stars Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able. In the near future an American photographer is tasked with helping his publisher's daughter travel from Mexico back to the US through a zone infected with monsters.
Highly impressive for it's low budget this is not exactly a horror film but does a good job of mixing monsters in with ideas about illegal immigration. While I am not 100% convinced on the subtext this was still a great watch through out that builds plenty of tension without the excesses of CGI in a lot of monster films. There are decent performances from the cast but it is the direction and cinematography both from Edwards that stand out.
Con un manejo de cámara muy hermoso y unas tomas muy perfectas pero muy aburrida, era más como una historia de drama y pues...¿dónde están los monstruos?. Me siento engañada.
why the hell would you call your film "monsters" if the monsters have like 2 minutes of screentime what the fuck is this i want my wasted time back
Had to give this another hoon, having been reminded of it by watching Midnight Special. A friend rightly pointed out there's a similar atmos in the two movies, even if they have little in common plot-wise. Both are a flavour of SF that's pretty big on seeing how things affect actual humans, and both have a relatively slow pace.
Anyway, I really enjoyed my second viewing. This time round I was really struck by all the signage, graffiti, tv shows etc. - all the media collateral - related to the aliens and their presence. It was a great way to make the SF elements feel, um, at home or realistic at least.
And having thought it was pretty heavy-handed thematically first time, I actually thought it was a pretty decent balance second time round.
Ez eddig kimaradt.
Nagyon tetszett a háttér sztori és a stílus is a, sci-fibe oltott road movie, középpontban a két főszereplő drámájával.
Sokkal mélyebb film mint amire csak a címe alapján számítottam volna.
Szívesen néztem volna még, hiába volt egyértelmű, magától értetődő a lezárás.
Monsters is a independent low budget monster movie from 2010. Two years later the director of this film, Gareth Edwards, was given the opportunity to direct a Godzilla movie and later this year his Star Wars movie will be hitting theaters. The fact that he was given two of the biggest movie franchises in the world after just making this one film made me very curious to watch it.
Monsters takes the Jaws approach to film making where the monsters are very rarely shown throughout the movie. The film instead focuses on the relationship between a photographer and his bosses' daughter, who he has to escort from Mexico to the United States. Both characters are given backstories to flesh them…
This was the debut film from the Director of the new Godzilla movie. He takes a really cool premise, and does it justice. Two twenty somethings get stranded in Mexico, and have to travel through a zone that is off limits to people to get back to America. Why is it off limits? Well because of the Monsters of course. It's a slow build, and you rarely get to see the monsters themselves, which adds to the tension. The scene at the gas station is one of the most beautifully filmed sequences in film that I can recall. I still don't believe how little of a budget this guy had, cause the special effects are actually pretty darn good.
Slowly-paced, so don't expect an Aliens-style massacre of extra terrestrials. Really more a quiet movie about two people figuring out the next step in their lives. One's a photographer, the other Jos boss's daughter. They just happen to be stuck in a quarantine zone in Mexico where hell is starting to break loose in the form large aliens that were accidentally released there. Imagine a smaller Cloverfield and you got Monsters.
i shouldn't have to wait an hour to see monsters in a movie called "monsters"
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