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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.
A slice of life story set in a world where people have already gotten used to the existence of giant creatures.
With an incredibly limited budget, the characters had to take the center stage. They're fine and we get to learn quite a lot from them without much exposition. Problem is that their arcs seem loose. Even though there is a central narrative, the film mostly seems like it's making up time in order to showcase the Director's talents. The final sighting of the monsters ultimately feels meaningless because there doesn't seem to be anything in there related to the characters or their journey, they just see an interesting event in front of their eyes.
It ultimately is a nice little science-fiction movie. But with this story, and more tweaking in order to give more urgency to the script, this could have been a vastly better film than it ultimately was.
Surprisingly good. Like a less hectic District 9. And Jon Hopkins does the soundtrack. So good.
I loved Monsters. Don't expect fireworks, but consider as you watch that Gareth made Monsters for about $5 dollars. It's pretty impressive stuff really.
There's something in here about privilege and exploitative journalism that could've allowed for some interesting social and political commentary but it gets drowned out by a weak script and poor pacing.
The political undertones and cinematography are cool, and you can almost forgive the silly looking aliens, but Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy's poorly written characters ruin the whole thing. It's a buzzkill watching them bumble their way through the film.
Some cool ass monsters. Characters I care about. Scoot McNairy. What's not to like?
After watching Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla I got to thinking about his actually fairly similar debut movie, Monsters. It's amazing to look on a striking visual in this film of a massive, towering wall on the United States' southern border, and how this has only become more powerful since its release.
Monsters is a small character drama set amid some sci-fi backdrops, a film about what life might be like after something like an alien landing happens and about what might be considered the new normal years after the initial event. Monsters depicts its infected zone just like any modern conflict is treated today, how the people living there learn to live with everyday tragedy while a 'war' is fought,…
This was a really interesting little movie. A very quiet alien invasion flick that chooses its alien scenes wisely. The titular monsters are genuinely terrifying in the tiny glimpses we see early on, and the ending scene at the gas station is inexplicable but somehow wholly captivating and mysterious. The movie's fatal flaw, however, is in the dialogue. The film looks great, but as soon as the characters open their mouths we get nothing but laughable attempts at casual conversation. Fortunately, in the latter half of the film there are fewer and fewer chatty scenes, allowing the focus to remain where it is strongest: on the monsters themselves. Impressive little film, but a worthy scriptwriter could have moved it up…
so what was the infection?
Complete list. :-(
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…