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Monster

1.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sarah Lynch, Erin Sullivan
  • Directors: Erik Estenberg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Widescreen, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: The Asylum Home Entertaiment
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YV2EFE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I think Ed Wood spent more money on Plan 9 From Outer Space. Probably the most expensive part of this movie was the flight to Tokyo.

I absolutely hate the herky-jerky camera and I wasn't kidding about the title of this review as it really did give me a headache. After the first few minutes, I kept wondering when they'd go to a regular steady camera, but it never happened. The next thing I know, a half hour went by and by then I just didn't have the energy to get up and hit the eject button. It was like driving by a car wreck where you just can't stop looking. As I sat there, I kept hoping something would happen to redeem the awful acting and story movement, but it stayed consistently annoying to the end.

The icky bug is almost non-existent. You hear a little roar once in a while, and see the odd octopus arm flash in the background. The art on the DVD box is highly misleading as you NEVER see the monster in as much detail as in that painting.

I can't give it no stars because the rating system would not allow it. I would have given it one star for originality, but wait... Blair Witch???

Save your money and your time. Oh, and one other thing... if you liked this type of hand-held filming, you'll love Cloverfield. I'll pass.
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Do yourself a favor and save a few bucks by doing this: Downloading the Cloverfield trailer, watching it once and then waiting for its release. Not only will those two minutes be better than this entire movie, but you'd be excited for Cloverfield's release.

Monster comes from the same studio that brought us Transmorphers and Snakes on a Train, thus you can conclude that it's utter trash completely ripping off its bigger brother, in this case Cloverfield, J.J. Abrams, at the time of this review, yet-to-be-released monster movie.

Like that movie, this movie is about a monster that (instead of New York) attacks Tokyo for reasons unknown. Apparently a cover-up, the monster reigns terror on the denizens of Tokyo and two American filmmakers. These American filmmakers run around the city avoiding the monster while filming whatever they can with their American camera. The two Americans in distress run around, scream, flail and tell everyone with a pulse they're American in the hope of getting out of Tokyo. All of this running around like a chicken with its head cut off action is filmed through a handheld camera and really annoys rather intrigue because the monster is hardly shown. At all.

In fact all you really see is a few tentacles every now and then, legs, some buildings and smoke, not to mention audiovisual distortions that make the Cloverfield trailer look like a Steven Spielberg film. The acting is horrible, with ignorant line after ignorant line spewed out and the action is, well, something a notch below action. Actually, the only action in this movie is the occasional rough camera shake, fall and rumble. Not to mention the monsters roar which is heard around five-hundred million times.
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It kills me to do this but it appears that I have no choice; I really did not enjoy this film. Normally [and anybody who has read my reviews will tell you] I look towards the positives of a film a like to rate it on that, normally I enjoy even the worst b movies ever. This film how ever is just not really all that good, and it disappoints me because I actually like The Asylum [the production company]. These guys are well known for their mockumentaries [cheap rip offs] but to their credit they also do original work as well. This one obviously is a mockumentay of "Cloverfield", and that film is an Oscar worthy film compared to this one. It is seriously an annoyance to the eyes; it is right up there with what I said about that girl in my review of "Prey".

The story of this film is as follows; tell me if it sounds familiar at times. Two American filmmakers head to Tokyo to film a documentary on global warming, sounds ok right? Once there they are interrupted by a monster [cue terrifying music in the back ground] attacking the city, thing is this monster is as big as the skyscrapers that over look the city. Well you guess that much because you never see the monster minus a few shots of its tentacles. So now the race is on to get out of the city alive and oh yeah film this thing every step of the way no matter how much it gets you into trouble. Sounds interesting..............right?

Erik Estenberg {director} and David Michael Latt {producer} must have written this film in less then 20 minutes, and I know they the only did this film for the quick money. Normally both of these guys do much better with their films from this company, but this is just beyond belief.
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Okay, first off, I am a HUGE fan of the DaiKaiju (Japanes giant monster film) genre. That said, I admit to being VERY excited to see this film. The cover art is great, and depicts a huge tentacled creature emerging from the ground to topple a skyscraper. I had high hopes for 'Cloverfield' when the project was announced, and was mildly pleased with that offering. However it still had it's weak points-mainly the annoying acting by the main character (the fellow 'filming' the live 'events'), and the short supply of good monster footage. But this review is about the new film 'Monster'--not 'Cloverfield'. In my opinion, they should have called this movie 'What Monster?'
Let us begin: the setup is that there was a 'cover-up' regarding a disastrous 7.8 'earthquake' in Japan in 2003 which killed thousands and has been exposed as 'something else' by this 'found footage' (Grrroooaaaan-not AGAIN)! But this film is actually an excersise in what NOT to do in a 'mock reality monster drama'...first, don't GREENLIGHT such a horribly written story plot by a novice writer, second, don't hire such a terrible director (getting the picture?)...third, don't hire annoyingly BAD actresses to play the main roles--these girls are SO BAD at acting realistic, they make most Soap Opera actresses look like Meryl Streep. They are supposed to be sisters-however look NOTHING alike(?). BFF's would have been more believeable at least. After a solid 10 minutes on nonsensical bullcrap, pissing and moaning about this and that, preening for the camera, etc.,etc., they finally arrive at their destination in Tokyo to film a 'global warming' documentary. A Documentary with TWO people working on it (as the Japanese Minister Of Affairs comments "Tiny crew", the one chick quips back "Extremely efficient crew!" Yeah...ummm...
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