August 7, 2011
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A space probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico was fenced off and quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures”.
MONSTERS follows a U.S. journalist escorting an American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border, all the while trying to stay alive in an alien-infested war zone.
This has got to be one of the most well done DIY films in a long while. Gareth Edwards, director, editor and a digital FX creator by trade, took a single-digit crew and two actors south of the border and shot guerrilla-style in hi-def, employing non-pro locals for all the supporting roles. Then he assembled the footage and used his CGI skills to add vehicles, structures, destructions and, monsters to the movie.
Flawless would be the perfect description as to how well this picture has been put together. Although the story line is fairly weak and acting is pretty average, the CGI makes up for most of it. The chemistry between actors Scoot McNairy (Andrew Kaulder) and Whitney Able (Samantha) flows really well in this film and is definitely what makes the movie enjoyable to watch (of course it does help being real life couples too).
Personally I feel that the visuals of the monsters themselves could’ve been flexed a little more and additional action sequences would’ve been good to spice the movie up. The starting sequence of the army forces traveling along the road and being attacked by the monsters definitely got me wanting more, but as the movie dragged out, it became very boring with just the two actors talking.
MONSTERS may not be a consistent scarefest, like Freddy or Jason, but it does engage the emotions when necessary.
Fat Kids Rating 6/10
Cop your copy at Madman now.
Words by Benny Teh
View Monsters Trailer Below: