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Monsters

Six years ago, NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, the new life form 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 photojournalist Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) agrees to escort his wealthy employer`s daughter Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able) through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 20 Jan 2011
Genre: Thriller / Drama / Science Fiction / Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES, MVP ENTERTAINMENT
Cast: Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy
Director: Gareth Edwards
Format: NA

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Writer: Lorraine DCosta

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Watch this if you liked: “District 9”, “Cloverfield”, “The Mist”

"Monsters" is a film that takes a long and bizarre way around to tell the story of a pretty standard romance. Mexico and Central America have been overrun by bestial aliens as an aftermath of a crashed NASA probe and the Octopi-like new alien forms are staking a claim to the territories.

There is too little discussion of anything related to the mistreatment and misconception towards "illegal aliens," who have been walled off south of the border behind an enormous fence. Most of the film however concerns more of the escape efforts by Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy), a photojournalist on assignment in Mexico and Sam Wynden (Whitney Able), a tourist and the daughter of Andrew's boss, who has ordered his employee to drop everything and escort his little girl back home.

Sam and Andrew find their way through the infected zone, first by boat, then pickup and finally on foot. Meanwhile the bulk of the film's energy is devoted not to escaping tentacled monsters but on the central characters' budding romance.

"Monsters", the name itself suggests a more hopeful expectation towards the inexplicable creatures however audience who desires to see a lot of alien monsters action would be better off doing re-runs of "District 9" instead. Audience will only get minor glimpses of these so-called 'monsters' through grainy, greenish television screens or in the murky, flash-lit darkness on a moonless night. Oddly enough as it is, the effects make these 'unseen' monsters seem less intimidating as it surreal.

In a more retrospective view, "Monsters" writer cum director Gareth Edwards deserves some recognition as well concerning that the movie is recorded and edited by himself using store-bought software on a home computer. He even managed to enlist the locals as supporting characters. Though there might not be much of a plot, "Monsters" might just be the best micro-budget movie since "El Mariachi."

"Monsters" is the kind of film that could be passable as marketing nightmare, not only because of its misleading setup but because it disappoints and failing to reach in any direction it aims. But the movie does leave some lessons to be pondered upon: Life has its reasons. Motives are pretty universal and "Monsters" are in the eyes of the beholder.

Cinema Online, 19 January 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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