Monster 2009 R CC

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In her Academy Award-winning role, Charlize Theron portrays the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a woman with a tortured past who turns to prostitution for money, and who eventually turned her anger into a motive for murder, becoming one of America's most infamous serial killers.

Starring:
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

Monster

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If your looking for a true story with great acting, this is your movie.
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You can see that even though Aileen did some horrible horrible things, she was still human, still a person just making a last attempt for love.
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The film Monster depicts a story of a real life street prostitute and serial killer Aileen Wuornos.
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76 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Jana L. Perskie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 17, 2004
Format: DVD
Charlize Theron gives a five star+ performance as the executed serial killer Aileen Wuornos, the monster in "Monster." I would have rated the movie the same, except it is just too filled with pain, desperation and hopelessness for me to rank it that high. The script is not particularly strong. We only get a glimpse into the life and mind of this woman, and we never discover what made her kill. Many abused women hate men, but they don't become serial killers. There is also a lot of repetition, as Wuornos goes through her pattern of solicitation, violence and anguish over and over again. Without Ms. Theron's magnificent acting the film would be rather mediocre.
Director Patty Jenkins begins Wuornos' story in 1989-90, just before she was caught and imprisoned. She portrays Aileen more as a victim than as a victimizer. Through an initial monologue and various dialogues the viewer learns of Aileen's very troubled childhood in Michican. Her father, a convicted child-molester, committed suicide. Aileen was raped repeatedly by a family friend, and she began prostituting herself when she was thirteen. Her only job had been as a hooker. I think Ms. Theron portrays Aileen as a woman suffering from serious mental illness. Her moods swing from suicidal depression to euphoric overconfidence. She had delusional periods where she believed that all her dreams would come true and that she was invincible. She is a tough talking lady who drinks too much and barely holds her rage beneath the surface.
It is during this period that she meets Selby (Christina Ricci is superb in this role.), a shy, naive teen, in a bar. Selby is a lesbian who wants to come out of the closet against her family's wishes. She is a misfit, without friends. So is Aileen.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sapphyre Moon on June 11, 2004
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I was a Deputy Sheriff at the time that Aileen Wuornos was killing the men. The case was facinating to me because in the begining we were not looking for a female killer. Needless to say we were shocked when we found out that our search was for 2 women. This case was personal to me because one of the men she killed was a friend of mine. He didn't the pattern after the type of men Aileen Wuornos was killing, but at that point when she killed him it wasnt about sex, but the need of money. I am very please that the movie showed that he was only trying to help her out just as he did many other strangers.
Charlize Theron's performance was excellent,and a carbon copy of Wuornos, the attitude and personality were a match.
I strongly believe that Wuornos had been crying out for help to deaf ears her whole life, all she wanted was someone to care about her. And yet all she ever knew was violence and abuse, so she snapped, and then there was no turning back after she killed the first man who violently raped her. Set in her mind all that any man wanted from her was sex, she saw nothing else good about any man. Very sad, maybe this movie can be a lesson to anyone out there who may know someone like her who still has time to be helped before they snap.
Christina Ricci also deserves to recive high credit for her role in the part of Wuornos lover, who in the end turned states evidence to have Wuornos convited of the murders. I strongly recommend this movie. Just don't let the kids watch it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Christopher Blackshere on February 20, 2008
Format: DVD
The rage of Aileen Wournos is yanked from the past and and viciously strewn upon the screen. Sweat, blood, tears--they're all shed here in brutal fashion. This harrowing depiction packs a grip like a bull rider's and refuses to let you go.
This is due in large part to Charlize Theron's complete transformation. She encompassses everything about the serial killer--her temper, mindset, hopes, fears, anxiety. Her lack of education, her state of disarray. And above all, her need to be loved.
Wournos unraveling from a desperate prostitute into a psychotic murderer ironically came shortly after meeting her female love interest, played with subtle precision by Christina Ricci. It's easy to overlook her superb performance due to the overbearing presence of Theron. But she is outstanding in this role as a naive, meager young woman who also needs some companionship.
The story progresses with sort of an edgy discomfort. There are moments of humor, shock, disbelief, and pity. There are times you'll be staring at the screen, unsure of how to react. Kinda like when someone tells a joke that you don't really get. The violence can knock you off balance.
I love how the momentum accelerates and doesn't let up. It plunges through the murders like a runaway train. Aileen was a startling head case, ready to derail at any given moment.
Overall, this movie will cause vastly different reactions. Some might conceive it as an anti-death penalty statement. Others might simply sit back and say well, justice was done. I think the director tries to make the viewer see some of the reasons behind the "Monster's" madness. Her actions aren't condoned(with one possible exception), but hopefully this story will provoke a certain degree of empathy. Quite an absorbing account of this true story, with the best female acting tandem that I have ever seen. Highly recommended.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brad on September 1, 2004
Format: DVD
I really wish I could give this movie more then 5 stars because it truly deserves 100,"Monster" is possibly the best films ever made. Charlize Theron's performance has the highly interesting Aileen Wuornos is phenomenal! Christina Rucci performance has the native Selby works so well in contrast with Theron's strong and independent character that two have incredibly chemistry. The directing, the story line, acting, and everything else in the movie is remarkable and it all helps to show the pain in Alieen Wournos' lonely life. After trying to leave their horrific pasts behind new friends Alieen and Shelby move away together, but when money gets low, Alieen is forced to go back to prostitute lifestyle. But one night after Alieen is rapped, she kills the man and knows she just can't go on hooking again. But being the only way she can make money, she decides instead of having sexual relations, she'll murder the men and take their money. This sad and true story left me amazed and even forgiving. Please watch this movie, I promise you won't regret it.
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