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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This was an incredibly stupid movie - can't think why I wasted my time watching it. Cardboard characters; laughable and predictable plot; movie so dark much of the time you... Read morePublished 15 days ago by K. Nolan
The stupidest movie I've ever watched. Not even worth "one" star.Published 23 days ago by Craig McDonald
This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat,Very good.TOM T.-1/08/2016-9:49 Am.Published 1 month ago by Thomas R.Van Gundy
Thank you. Exactly as advertised and delivered as expected.Published 1 month ago by Thomas D. Connell
I love this movie. I love that Gareth Edwards made it on such a low budget and did most if not all of the editing and 3D effects himself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by keith j
Monsters is a film that desperately needs monsters. So that others might not feel cheated by the title change it in your mind to 'Quarantine Zone,' A title that better describes... Read morePublished 3 months ago by El Gomitas
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