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3.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the devil, July 31, 2004
This review is from: Monster (DVD)
Though this film is brutally honest about Aileen 'Lee' Wuornos' crimes it does provoke some sympathy for her. Yes, she does kill many people (all men) but when you consider how many men battered her and raped her all through her life, even as a child, it's no surprise she became so psychotic.

And I don't think it's exactly fair that she got the death penalty. Surely it would have been best to help a woman who lived her entire existence in the dregs of society (which is surely to blame for sending her mad) than executing her.

Focusing entirely on Lee instead of the police investigations following her (there is a TV movie from the mid-90s that does exactly this if you're more interested), we see her straggle from thinking about suicide, hooking up with lonely, naive Selby (Christina Ricci), killing in self-defense and finally killing for revenge/money.

Charlize Theron completely vanishes as she brings her take on Lee (her full name is never mentioned in the film) to the screen. She sure deserved her Academy Award and Christina Ricca (who is very cute here) is also very good. However, for a lesbian couple I just didn't see any real feeling between them. It annoyed me how fast the film moved and there are not really many quiet moments for these two characters to bond in any way. Yes, they proclaim their love for each other but I just didn't see it. There was too much shouting and screaming.

There are no surprises in the film, as we all know how it ends anyway. But some of Lee's killings are harsh, compelling and even ironic. The overall effect of the film isn't so long-lasting on me though.

It's shot and lit like a TV movie and Lee's heavy judgment at the end of the film is played down. For a film that is slightly biased to her point of view it's annoying that her unfair trial and life are not exploited just a little bit more for us to gain a little extra insight into the making of a 'monster'.

Keep a lookout for Kane Hodder as an undercover cop near the end.

The DVD is in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with Dolby/DTS 5.1 sound and some slight extras.
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Initial post: Jan 10, 2011 11:13:08 AM PST
Who is Kane Hodder!?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011 10:18:09 AM PST
Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13ths 7, 8, 9 and 10.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 2:15:18 PM PST
Unfortunately, I've never checked out the "Friday the 13th"
franchise......been here since the beginning, just slipped under the radar!!

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 8:34:17 PM PST
maskirovka says:
a lot of women get badly mistreated by the men in their lives, Aileen Wuornos is the only one I have ever heard of who became a prostitute who murdered six men....and at least one of those was just some guy who was trying to help her (not a john).

I think a great companion piece to this movie would be one that portrayed Ted Bundy as a sympathetic victim of society. It could play up on the fact he was an illegitimate child, probably got beaten by his grandfather, and then rejected by a woman that he wanted to marry. Maybe the film could even show how some of his later victims brought it on themselves by being rude to him or something and that mistreatment by the police only made his "problems" worse.

I'm being sarcastic here obviously, but my mind reels at the depiction of this wild, feral woman as a "victim."

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2014 11:44:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 12, 2014 11:45:14 PM PST
Anthony mays says:
maskirovka, Do you belive EVERYTHING you see in Hollywood movies? you do realize that there are some things that are just dramatized, right? the nice old guy who was trying to help her was made just for the movie. and as far as Aileen Wournos herself, there is a Documentary about her where her and friends, aquantances, neighbors ect talk about her childhood and life growing up and this woman didn't stand a chance almost from the start. rejected by her parents, as well as all the neighborhood kids, kicked out of her grandparent's house at age 13 or so and forced to start prostituting and sleeping in the woods in Michigan and abused by men (and women) all of her life. sure, a lot of women get treated badly by the men in their lives, but they can't ALL handle it. anyone who doesn't feel 'some' sympathy for this woman is completely devoid of any kind of compassion.
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