Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Monsters - A Movie Review

Alright... so with the advent of digital film effects over the past few years, who doesn’t like giant monster and/or alien flicks? Okay, so some of you still might not. But for those of you that do –

“Monsters” was released in theatres on September 30, 2010 and is both written and directed by Gareth Edwards. The story centers on a situation faintly similar to Peter Jackson’s “District 9” in that there are now aliens residing here on earth. Couple that with a nasty American presence who doesn’t want them on the planet... yeah, you get the idea.
The summarized version of the preview is: probe from space is contaminated by alien life, this spreads, six years later we have aliens living in Mexico. Guy needs to find girl and bring her home. Along the way, they discover many things neither thought possible. seeing things most people would never think about.

The best part about this film is how quickly it was filmed, edited, and released – especially on it’s budget. The film is estimated to have been shot on a $200k wallet! For what was done with that small ammount.. after seeing this movie, you’ll wonder why much higher budget movies aren’t looking even better than they already do. The film is 90 minutes long (not counting credit time) and produced by Vertigo Films (not related to Vertigo-DC).

So as usual, I’ll cut here to the positives and negatives of the film!

+Visual effects better than average – especially for the budget
+Through the filming and display of scenes, the story is told with emphasis on all of the perfect moments
+Depiction of events very life-like and accurate (you know.. if aliens showed up).
+Alot of the movie and locations were improvised and generally discovered moments before the filming took place

-Scenes where acting mattered most, it slipped horribly (no emotion, disconnected, etc)
-The story told very quickly.. and I mean very
-For being labelled as sci-fi/thriller.. they seem to have left the thriller element in the closet

Bottom-line: This is NOT your typical monster movie... not at all! I would add just a little bit more if I could without ruining it.. but unfortunately it’s impossible. Suffice it to say – it’s a story! If you can see it as just a story, you’ll be just fine. And if you’re looking for a movie to pass some time during these cold winter nights, I actually encourage you to see this movie when it’s available for rental/purchase.

3 / 5 stars

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