Monsters (2010) Review

Monsters

Release Date: September 30, 2010

Director: Gareth Edwards

Stars: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga

Runtime: 94 min

Tagline: Now, it’s our turn to adapt.

It’s actually a pretty impressive flick.

Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a photographer must take his boss’s daughter across through an infected zone of Mexico back to the safety of the United States of America.

It’s a fairly simple plot, and a really nice character driven narrative. The characters can be easily relatable and are actually likeable, even for the standards of a film with horror elements.

If you go into the film with the only knowledge of it being the title, you’ll be surprised by it because it’s a character driven science-fiction tale rather than just a horror film about the world being attacked by monsters. While it is something like that, there’s so much more substance here. There isn’t a lot of scary moments but when there are, it’s pretty effective.

The film does a nice job of blending elements of good characters, some horror, drama, science fiction, and some romance. It’s a pretty nice road trip flick.

The two leads actually deliver some really good performances, and play their characters really well.

The alien beings sort of made me think of those of War of the Worlds, not because that they’re metal or that they’re really colorful; but because of their height.

The camerawork was pretty good, and is a very impressive film made with a budget of $800,000. The filmmakers really don’t waste a penny.

The film is pretty well-paced and doesn’t drag on in many areas, but some of it isn’t completely compelling, but it doesn’t thoroughly boring either.

The characters are fairly well-developed and you want to see them get home safely, rather than be attacked by the aliens.

It isn’t completely must-see for those of you who don’t like science fiction flicks, but for those of you who do, it’s something worth checking out.

It isn’t completely memorable but it’s a fairly interesting story, which is not completely compelling but pretty good, it’s great enough for a watch. I won’t buy it, but for a film I really didn’t know a lot about and saw it because I caught it on TV, it was a solid flick.

This film stars Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able (who is attractive and a great actress, which makes the film that much more enjoyable). There are quite a few extras. For a film with two stars as the main focus, they do a really great job even with so much pressure put on them.

A film that isn’t too scary or too long, but the plot didn’t win me over completely. I wouldn’t watch it again but it was a pretty unique experience.

Monsters is really worth checking out if you want a cool science fiction experience with nice characters, and a fairly fresh plot idea; you just may be impressed. I was impressed by the quality of the film that they were able to make on such a low budget for something of this science fiction caliber, but the story didn’t compel me as much as I would have liked.

70/100

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4 Responses to Monsters (2010) Review

  1. mlfables says:

    I’ve watched this move and its not a bad film.

    I think if it had come out before District 9, the film would have recieved a lot more positive attention.

    Unfortunately, it got compared to the District 9 film too often (despite the premise of both films being completely different).

    • Filmcraziest says:

      Yeah that’s true, I’ve heard a lot of good things (and some poor) about District 9, but I still have to see it, so I guess it’s good that I couldn’t compare the two. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Mark Hobin says:

    Scoot McNairy is in Argo too. I’ll have to check this out. Great review!

    • Filmcraziest says:

      Yeah, it’s pretty good! When I was watching Argo, I occasionally thought: Where the heck have I seen this guy before?! And then after I realized it was Scoot McNairy from this.

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