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Monsters (2010)

Scoot McNairy , Whitney Able , Gareth Edward  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (740 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able
  • Directors: Gareth Edward
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (740 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004BZ5AN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monsters" on IMDb

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Commentary with Gareth Edwards, Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able
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HDNet: A Look at Monsters

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Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon reentry 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... Our story begins when a U.S. journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone to the safety of the U.S. border.

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174 of 200 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video
First, I must mention that I did not see this on Amazon, but in the theatre...and that I thought it looked amazingly vivid and epic on the big screen, despite being shot on video.

Second...what a great movie! I knew going in that it would be more about the journey of its two main characters and less about giant monsters stomping humans into the soil. And yet, as drawn in as I was by the former, there was enough monster action to deliver plenty of good scares to propel the movie and that other thing we go to see Kaiju movies for: wonderment.

The special effects, when deployed, are great. Though the design of the "monsters" is simple (and, to be honest, a little too close to a very familiar earth creature), the more you see of them, the more intricate they look. They also seem towering and immense and believable.

The performances from the two leads are not "act-y" at all and the pace of the film feels very natural, lending to the credibility of what takes place. I like that this film is so different from other giant monster movies...the older ones seem very presentational (and therefore unreal), and the more recent ones seem like video games, so geared are they to the attention span of tweens. This one gives us a plausible scenario...and the set-up feels ominous and yet very realistic. Don't expect to see NewGodzilla trying to swallow Matthew Broderick in a cab, or Cloverfield masticating TJ Miller in Central Park: this movie is as much about the creatures *we* are as it is about the things we fear.
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154 of 183 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Monsters. September 24, 2010
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As one who is actually reviewing the film, and not ranting against the rental policy, I give this film four stars. Focusing on the two mains characters of the film, than on elaborate and expensive effects, Gareth Edwards has produced a remarkable tale of two American's trapped beyond the Infected Zone, following an outbreak of extra-terrestrial spores, in Mexico, trying to return to the United States. The limited effects are first rate, and, unlike many Hollywood films, exist to support the storyline, not replace it.
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78 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organic and Revolutionary April 28, 2012
By Tadpole
Format:Blu-ray
Two actors. One filmmaker. Shot on location. Organic characters - and extras. Organic dialogue. Great camera work. Produced for under 500K. I'd call that revolutionary.

This movie just felt "real" compared to most of the green-screen stuff coming out these days. It played like a great drummer - in the pocket with nothing over-the-top. The "simple" and sublime score was very effective as well.

A solid fiver in my book, and a budgetary milestone in movie-making.
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71 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mix of Predecessors into a New Elixir November 1, 2010
I get that people don't like this movie. I myself rented it this previous Halloween weekend, hoping for a good monster movie, despite the costly price tag on my pay-per-view service.

Still, this movie surprised me. I thought it did a better job than most Hollywood fodder at making us care about the protagonists, and while I still expected and hoped for some good monster action once our emotions were stirred, I still wasn't disappointed. It was simply that the message of the film was not one of monster horror per se, and although that was what I was looking for that unfulfilled desire didn't blind me to the value of the film. I think a better question would be, who are the monsters in the film? There are more than just the extraterrestrials.

Within the reviews I have seen comparisons to many films. Prior to reading them I myself found comparisons to District 9 and Cloverfield. The thought of a government cover-up crossed my mind when I mistook the Wall for a research structure located deep within the infected zone while watching the trailer, although I didn't immediately make the comparison to The Mist. I also didn't see a comparison to Apocalypse Now that another reviewer alludes to, but it would be interesting to hear more of what that reviewer saw that I didn't - or I'll just have to watch the two one after the other sometime in the future and come to my own conclusions.

Needless to say, there are many precedents to this film. There is one that stood out to me that I did not see anyone mention, and that is Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Your SyFy Channel Monster Movie! July 4, 2011
Format:DVD
Some loved it, and some hated it-Monsters!! I'm somewhere in the middle myself. I can see why folks hated it due to the serious lack of monster action in a film entitled Monsters. I can also see why some enjoyed having a story that took it's time and was essentially about people rather than a nonstop onslaught of monster carnage.
As time goes on, Hollywood continues to shorten our attention spans(especially younger folks who grow up on today's Hollywood films and can't stay focused on anything unless it has the pacing of a television commercial) by piling on the computer effects and taking out the story. Hell, who wants to pay forty bucks for a date, popcorn and soda to go to the theater to watch a story being told through dialogue and/or acting? Absurd!!
Monsters is about a chunk of northern Mexico that has been quarantined off because of an alien species which now roams the region. A newspaper photographer is given the task of transporting the editor's daughter(who's in Mexico) safely across the border into the U.S. Well, the journey isn't as easy as planned as the duo encounter numerous setbacks and end up having to travel through the "Infected Zone", which is a large patch of jungle.
Now, the meat of the movie is the journey of the two protagonists than it is about fighting monsters. I do have respect for that, some of the best horror films have been more about the human element than the monster. Romero's original zombie trilogy is a great example of this. However, my gripe with this movie is that there's really nothing else interesting going on. To be honest, I couldn't give a hoot less about the plight of the two main characters. I didn't dislike them, but they just weren't very strong or interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit slow but still a good movie.
I like the movie a lot, it was heavy on drama and slow in many parts but it was a solid story line.
Published 4 hours ago by kevin s szymarek
3.0 out of 5 stars Less drama, more kaiju
Movie is more about the social interaction between the two main characters and less on the "kaiju". Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Jennifer A. Saunders
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Boring...
Published 16 hours ago by bigsy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good idea, kind of slow
Published 16 hours ago by Jeffrey E Robertson
2.0 out of 5 stars eh
it sounds like a good movie but I couldn't get into it.
Published 5 days ago by santa
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the alien invasion genre
Six years after a NASA ship carrying evidence of alien life forms crashed into northern Mexico, the zone between the USA and Mexico has been dubbed "The Infected Zone. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Joseph M. Reninger
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully shot. A modern masterpiece
Fantastically atmospheric with natural performances by the two leads. This is not really a kaiju movie and more a character study. Beautifully shot. A modern masterpiece.
Published 6 days ago by Luv_Chaotic
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
IT WAS INTERESTING.
Published 7 days ago by Dombroski B
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for an indie monster movie
From watching this, it's easy to understand how Gareth Edwards earned the chance to direct the new Godzilla megapicture. Read more
Published 7 days ago by IntoMoYouKnow
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching!
The story could have been developed a little better. The acting was great and I actually appreciate that they died at the end. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Sharon Bohannon Duran
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