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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…
Impressive visuals. False Advertising. 3 underwhelming monster scenes in the whole film. More a road trip film. Reminded me a lot of "The Dead" without zombies. Pretty to look at. Well made. But not much there story wise.
Girl has to go to the bathroom a lot during Cloverfield: Mexico.
A wonderfully understated genre exercise, where the titular monsters are really just a backdrop to the human story in the foreground.
The most admirable with Monsters is simply the way it's made. Filmed on set in Mexico, with an (for beinf a film of this kind) extremely low budget, with very few actors (unknown, to add to that) and lots of improvisation - this is an impressive achievement. Luckily, the production is not the only thing this movie has going for it, Gareth Edwards Stalker-feeling sci-fi drama works incredibly well and much like George A. Romero's zombie-movies, it utilizes the monsters as a way to tell a story about many other issues.
A simple story about a photographer that needs to escort the daughter of his boss through the alien-infested Mexico may not seem like a trivial one - but Edwards…
So let me get this straight.
Gareth Edwards took a team of only 7 people including the two main characters to remote areas in Guatemala and other parts of South America, and shot this little gem for only $ 800,000?
And afterwards he made the effects on his home computer?
Well that is simply brilliant and must give hope to anyone who has a good story they would like to make into a movie.
And this IS a good story. Right from the beginning I was interested. Not only in the story of the aliens and Sam and Andrews journey through the perilous infected zone, but also in…
Wow. Monsters is the most authentic, realistic and emotional monster movie I ever saw. Acting, locations, sound, f/x are fantastic.
I really liked this film. I originally passed it over several times because the title, poster, and synopsis made it look like your typical alien invasion struggle to survive. Pleasantly surprised by a simple story following two people in a world that happens to also have aliens.
At one point in Monsters, the camera lingers on some rotted old fishbones. This seems apropos, since watching this film feels a lot like greedily sucking the eyeball juice from a desiccated fish carcass.
Monsters is incredibly frustrating just because it has SO MUCH going for it. I'm a huge fan of the post-apocalyptic survival genre, and what makes this one so uncommonly satisfying is that its feet are planted firmly on the ground. It's refreshing to see the protagonists and creatures approach each other with a sense of mutual curiosity, even playfulness, compared to the xenophobic mass panic seen in many alien invasion narratives. Scattering the artificial wastelands across a lush rainforest also sets this film apart visually from…
Years after Earth experienced an alien invasion a journalist must take a woman through the Mexico infected zone to the U.S..
Monsters is a film that does much more than what the budget would seem to allow, great locations, great effects and a nice haunting audio track. My only issue which is most likely due to the budget is the pacing. I understand it's to get us more familiar with the characters, and allow their feeling for one another to develop, but it tends to take its time doing this.
Monsters is the debut film from director Gareth Edwards who went on to helm the 2014 Godzilla reboot. Monsters is truly the training film for Godzilla. Like Godzilla the monsters are scarce, but when they do pop up they deliver.
Entertaining and suspenseful at times, just a little issue with pacing.
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