All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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.
"Distrito 9" versão Shane Carruth? Pelo menos consegue ser um pouco menos racista. Mas acho que se for pra fazer aproximação política alegórica desse jeito, com toda essa vocação simbólica de quinta série, é melhor só deixar a parte dos monstros mesmo.
Brilliant piece of lo-fi sci-fi drama about two people trying to make it out of Mexico, through the infected zone to the USA. Gareth Edwards knocks it out of the park with this one, and just like his take on Godzilla, it's more about the people than the actual monsters. Guess that's kinda ironic for a movie named Monsters.
Immensely well made and deeply melancholic with its less is more approach, and non-linear narrative with its rush of insight that hits hard as fuck when you realize what the ending really is. Fantastic.
It's pretty good. It could be stronger. It kinda wants to be Before Sunrise, but with alien kaiju in the background instead of Vienna. The girl having a fiancé off screen was meant as an obstacle, but was really just unnecessary clutter. The geography is dodgy, but the use of location photography is cool.
But man, I am not a fan of the misdirection involved in the first scene, or the way it changes the story once you realize what it was.
Between this and Godzilla(2014), Gareth Edwards is pretty good at taking interesting hooks and constructing well-built scenes on that idea, but not as good at making a whole movie with a consistent narrative.
Also, like Pacific Rim, this movie features kaiju and an unsubtle commentary on America building a wall that won't work. This, unfortunately, will not become a dated reference anytime in the foreseeable future.
oh man do i love road movies & beautiful cinematography & low key, sociopolitically-charged sci fi
Really interesting, beautifully shot film. I wasn't sold on the actors initially, but they won me over in the end.
Worth seeing, especially as "Build a wall" is a common refrain today.
I have no idea how Gareth Edwards got Godzilla and Rogue One off of this .. It's boring and pointless ..
Exciting low-budget scifi takes a fun adventure through not so popular Mexican areas.
Not nearly as good on rewatch.
This is so much better than Godzilla.
How does this movie look so good for its modest budget? You'd expect SyFy-level special effects, but no, everything looks awesome. The scenery is great, too; I love seeing all the destruction.
It's interesting to see how much of this movie influenced Godzilla. The M.U.T.O.s are quite similar to the aliens in Monsters (these aliens are way cooler, though). Similarly, the focus is on the human characters, but unlike Godzilla there's a real sense of danger, here.
Samantha: Doesn't that kind of bother you, that you need something bad to happen to profit from it?
Andrew: You mean, like a doctor?
Samantha's sweet, and even though Andrew's a mess, both the characters are…
Did one of these 3 years ago. So much has happened since, we're all different people yada yada.
Complete list. :-(