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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.
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.
'That's not good' - Kaulder.
this was great!
surprisingly chill for a sci-fi movie, great low-budget cgi, and a great little romance subplot-- also i love that the two leads are married in real life!!!
however i will never be able to take the name 'scoot' seriously
Very enjoyable fare. Reminded me of a mix of District 9 & The Mist.
The narrative centres around the couple who are throw together for filmic ‘cause and effect’ and some awkward romance. It is a very familiar story and set pieces but set in an odd situation, kind of like an odd science fiction road movie. Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy play characters that have been endlessly rewritten before (a ‘spoilt’ girl heading home to a fiancé and a cynical photojournalist): I can’t remember a time where characters like these have tried to hide from huge alien octopuses but it works because the leads work well together. I do think the film should been called something else as the title does make it sound slightly facetious but what else could you call it.
Sometimes in life you make mistake, one that can cost you 1 and a half hour of your life. For 70% of this movie I thought it was the one with CHARLIZE THERON.By the time the ending is near, I knew I would never see her there, and it was too late to expect something you want. I waited to see a huge climax, but it didn't pay off. I enjoyed the two characters' interaction though. I just didn't get to get the feeling of wanting to be invested with these two, that's all. I'll give it to them for carrying me in the train of confusion there.
Beim wiederholten Schauen gefällt mir der Film noch ein kleinen Deut besser, was hauptsächlich an der Chemie der beiden Hauptdarsteller liegt. Wer braucht denn da noch Monster, wenn man solche eine Beziehung aufbaut..?
"Monsters" does for extraterrestrials what "Jurassic Park" did for dinosaurs. This film has a very "District 9" feel to it with a first feature director in Gareth Edwards. The aliens take some getting used to, but the film's plot falls perfectly into place with these two fresh new actors.
Film #5 of the May '16 Scavenger Hunt
Task #8: A low budget, high concept sci-fi film
~Surprise, surprise, I love the sci-fi film in this challenge... XD
Movies like this make me want more than anything to be a filmmaker and I already know I totally suck at actually working a camera. But Monsters is so quietly tense and subtle in execution. Scoot McNairy and Whitney Abe are wonderful, imperfect leads. The world-building is fabulously rich. And the fact that Gareth Edwards did so much of it on his own is just icing on the cake. Wondrously ambitious with a lot of pay-off.
The touching story of two people thrown together in extreme circumstances who learn that life isn't all about what's expected of you or your own selfish drive as they traverse an alien infested area of Mexico back to the USA. First time director, Gareth Edwards, did all the special effects in his bedroom and in places it shows, but they stand up to other blockbusters from 2010 because they're used sparingly and effectively. There are some fairly heavy-handed criticisms of America's treatment of 'aliens' a lot of post-hurricane Katrina imagery and some of the dialogue is a bit hackneyed, but you can get totally lost in the central characters' relationship, and that's the crux of the film at the end of the day.
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