Starring: Scott McNairy, Whitney Able
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Magnet Releasing/Magnolia
Director: Gareth Edwards
Executive Producer: Nigel Williams, Nick Love,
Producer: Allan Niblo, James Richardson
Writer: Gareth Edwards
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The movie opens with a prologue stating that a NASA probe collected samples from Europa, Jupiter’s moon, but crashed upon re-entry over Northern Mexico. Soon, large new life forms began to appear and half of Mexico is quarantined as an Infected Zone.
The American and Mexican military struggle to contain the large creatures, which look like giant walking octopi. Meanwhile, an American photojournalist named Andrew agrees to escort Samantha, the daughter of his wealthy boss, to the coast, where she can pick up a ferry to the United States.
Andrew and Sam get to the coast, but while staying overnight for the ferry the next morning, Andrew gets drunk and picks up a girl. In the morning, the girl steals both their passports. Now, Andrew must escort Sam through the Infected Zone to get home, which the help of some shady Mexican border escorts.
MONSTERS is very well done, despite its low budget and more laidback style. Though there is some scary violence with blood when the people encounter the giant monsters, the filmmakers restrain themselves from being overly graphic. Their restraint gives the movie a very suspenseful atmosphere. You never know what’s lurking in the jungle as Andrew and Sam journey home.
The most interesting aspect of MONSTERS is perhaps the ending. In it, there’s edge-of- your-seat suspense and chills, followed by a haunting, eerily beautiful encounter with the aliens causing the viewer to wonder who is the real monster. The ending also sets up viewers for a possible sequel to the story of Andrew and Sam.
Despite the movie’s positive, intriguing qualities, it does have some strong but brief R-rated foul language. Also, Andrew has a one-night stand with the woman who steals his and Sam’s passports. Finally, the movie has some politically correct connotations in favor of illegal immigration and against humans, but its ambiguous qualities soften those negatives. This content, and the movie’s strong violence, warrant strong caution for younger viewers and other sensitive audience members.
MONSTERS is very well produced, despite its low budget and laidback style. It uses suspense instead of graphic violence to convey its thrills. The most interesting aspect of MONSTERS is perhaps the ending. In it, there’s edge-of- your-seat suspense and chills, followed by a haunting, eerily beautiful encounter with the aliens. Despite the movie’s positive, intriguing qualities, it has some strong R-rated foul language, scary violence and innuendo. This negative content warrants extreme caution.