Director: Gareth Edwards
Genre: Drama/ Thriller/ Science Fiction
Runtime: 94 minutes
Starring: Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy, Fernando Lara
Description: Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist (Scoot McNairy) agrees to escort a shaken American tourist (Whitney Able) through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.
Review: “Monsters” shows us that you don’t need a big budget to make a good movie. Gareth Edwards made his directorial debut with this film. Edwards used locations that he happened to see while traveling and used the local citizens as supporting actors. Most of the dialogues were improvised and most of the special effects he did himself. The result is a realistic monster movie, road movie and love story.
In “Monsters” aliens have taken over the north of Mexico. Six years after a contaminated space craft crashed, the presence of the aliens are an existing fact. Half of the country is in quarantine and the US have secured their borders with high walls. The story follows photographer Kaulder (Scoot McNairy), who traveled to Mexico to get pictures of the aliens. His plans fall apart when his boss asks him to escort Sam (Whitney Able), a rich man’s daughter, home to the US. They are forced to take a more dangerous route through the infected area.
“Monsters” is more about the atmosphere then the action. No tentacle spectacle (never thought I would ever say that), epic battles or Hollywood drama, but an oppressive atmosphere. And the film has a realistic feel to it as well.
The first part of the film is a bit dragging though and it took me a while to actually get into the film.
Overall I did like “Monsters”, it’s a different kind of creature feature.
Rating: 3/ 5