Like Godzilla, this film features barely any actual monsters.
Like Godzilla, this film features barely any actual Bryan Cranston.
This film will probably always be remembered for what it led to more than what it was. Gareth Edwards made this unusual combo of indie drama and monster movie for a shoestring budget, which impressed some Hollywood hotshots so much that they decided to give him a several order of magnitudes higher budget in exchange for toning down that indie drama stuff. The result was of course the latest incarnation of Godzilla, a movie I have yet to watch.
A film where a lack of depth isn't detrimental to the overall experience. Monsters slowly pulls you in with the scenery and the desire to go home. But what really makes this post-apocalyptic film stand out is it's courage to rediscover beauty during traumatic events. The journey may have been painfully arduous, the creatures only featured as cameos, but the ending will definitely stay with you.
Post-apocalyptic movies normally attract my attention and enchant me in general. It shouldn't necessarily be a movie where you are treated all the time with images of total destruction, oncoming hordes of aliens or virus mutated zombies. But this movie really was a slow nerve provoking film that looked more like a road movie or a travelogue on Travel channel that was poured into a cinematic form.
A large part of the film is used to show how the two…
This is nearly a perfect movie. A compelling premise is allowed to blossom through interesting characters, awe-inspiring cinematography, and a tense storyline that never quite veers towards horror, but includes enough taut moments to propel the story onward.
Conceptually science fiction, Monsters proves that the core of any good story is the characters and plot execution, such that the overall effect ends up being more suspense and drama. This allows Monsters to eclipse its genre trappings and be just a really excellent film.
It may not entirely live up to its interesting premise, and it suffers from a few pacing problems, but Monsters is a great sci-fi character drama nonetheless, benefiting from two great performances and brilliant direction and visual effects.
A great concept, cool visual effects and sound design, and some good scares are weighed down be two painfully uninteresting leads. They don't ruin the movie, but they do keep it from being a great one.
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Hoop-Tober Movie #4
I didn't know what I was signing up for when I started to watch Monsters. I assumed it was going to be a horror movie, a scare your pants off kind of thing. And I am pretty glad that I am wrong. Thus far, I've seen Silence of the Lambs, The Wicker Man, and Scream, none of which are this type of scared shitless types of movies, and I think it's a good start to the month.…
Kleiner Fernsehabend bei einem Freund und bei diesem cthulhuesken Cover hatte man Lust zu gucken.
Dieser Film war nun wirklich nicht, wie erwartet. Wenig Spannung, nette Liebesgeschichte, typische Schlussszene für so ein Szenario.
Kein Cthulhu!!! :'(
Made for less than $500,000 and crewed by fewer than 10 people, Monsters should be credited just as much for its ambition as for its eventual achievement.
It's a triumph of low-budget filmmaking, placing its emphasis on the relationship drama at its core rather than the creature visuals, which are used sparingly to fantastic dramatic effect.
There are some pacing problems, but for the amount it cost, the film is a staggering achievement. No wonder Gareth Edwards got the call to make Godzilla.
I went into the viewing expecting one thing and came out with something totally different. What I thought would be your typical monster movie ended up having a lot of heart. This feels more like a classic zombie film along the lines of Dawn of the Dead crossed over with Jurassic Park. The film spends less time focused on action and more time developing the characters to the point where you actually care if they make it through to the end. Top that off with some amazing visuals and you get Monsters.
For those who were disappointed by the pacing and style of the recent Godzilla reboot, going into it having seen director Gareth Edwards previous film, Monsters would go a long way to setting your expectations.
Monsters is not your average creature feature. In fact it's not even your average horror film. It's a much more measured and personal tale; one with characters who are real and grounded.
Granted, the film is perhaps a little light on scares and tension. It's…