You may recall Monsters (2010) as one of my suggestions in “5 More Must-See Indie Movies.” Well I’m happy to report it most definitely *is* a must watch film for anyone who enjoys an alien invasion sci-fi thriller.
4 stars out of 5
Now, having said that, if you watch this movie expecting a Hollywood-style alien movie then you will be disappointed. This is not WAR OF THE WORLDS (2005) or DISTRICT 9 (2009). You will not experience typical sci-fi horror scenarios or scares like those in CLOVERFIELD (2008) or ALIEN (1979).
What you will get from MONSTERS is a character-driven story about two people’s journey through and survival in a new world: a world “infected” with extraterrestrial lifeforms. Andrew (Scoot McNairy) and Sam’s (Whitney Able) journey felt real not contrived. The three interactions with aliens were tense, suspenseful and organic. And I absolutely LOVED the lack of Hollywood fluff. Also, I felt this movie had a lot of social relevance especially surrounding war and immigration; I’ve been mulling it over for days now.
Keep in mind if you’re not into slower paced movies, or those that tell one story and don’t end exactly where you’d like them to, then you may not enjoy MONSTERS as much as I did. However, if you enjoy movies that actually have a story to tell and do so in a beautiful, realistic way then you should rent this one.
Written and Directed by Gareth Edwards
Click Here to Watch the Trailer
Tagline: Now, It’s Our Turn to Adapt.
Synopsis: “Six years ago, a NASA probe returning to earth with samples of an alien life form, crashed 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”… The story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.” (Source: Magnet Releasing)
(Watched Instantly on 11/11/11)
(Bought DVD 11/14/11)