"Heroic B Movie"
What You Need To Know:
Based on a video game, MONSTER HUNTER is a rousing action thriller. Milla Jovovich as Captain Artemis and Tony Jaa as the monster hunter create appealing characters. MONSTER HONTER has a strong moral worldview with Christian allusions to the Devil and deadly flying dragons. However, there’s a fair amount of foul language, plus scary battles with the giant horned monster, fire-breathing dragons and creepy, armored giant spiders. MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for MONSTER HUNTER.
MONSTER HUNTER is a lively B movie about an American Army Ranger who gets pulled into another world full of huge armor-plated dinosaurs, including flying dragons, and must battle her way out to find a way back home. Based on a video game, MONSTER HUNTER is a gratifying, action-oriented science fiction thriller with appealing, heroic characters, but caution is advised for older children due to some foul language and scary, intense battles with frightening monsters.
The movie opens on another planet with a sailing ship rolling over sand dunes toward a dark, mysterious tower surrounded by lightning. Suddenly, the ship is attacked by a huge horned monster burrowing just under the sand’s surface. As the ship is thrust into the air by the monster’s large horns, one of the people on the ship, a young Asian looking man, is knocked overboard and lies unconscious on a sand dune.
Cut to Earth. A group of American Army Rangers on two armed vehicles are working as a security force for the United States in a desolate wilderness. Led by their tough female leader, Captain Artemis, they’re looking for another team that hasn’t returned. Unexpectedly, a gigantic sandstorm filled with lightning transports them to the monster planet. They find the other Army team and their vehicles burned to a crisp. The horned monster then shows up and attacks them. They barely survive his attacks. During the whole time, they are watched from afar by the Asian guy standing on a rocky summit.
Captain Artemis and her platoon think they’ve reached safety in a giant cave system when they’re attacked by some giant armored spiders. Only Captain Artemis survives. Shortly thereafter, she encounters the Asian man from the sailing ship, but he doesn’t trust her. So, they fight and end up tying each other up, first one, then the other. They slowly manage to build trust, however, though Artemis has to make the first move. He sees the Ranger title on her uniform and starts calling her Ranger. So, she calls him Hunter because of the crossbow and explosive-tipped arrows he uses to stay one step ahead of the horned monster and the giant spiders.
In the distance, the mysterious tower surrounded by lightning suggests to Captain Artemis that the tower holds the answer to how she can get home. However, how can she and Hunter get past the horned monster lurking in the sand dunes between them and the tower?
Based on a Japanese video game, MONSTER HUNTER is a rousing action thriller. Milla Jovovich as Artemis and Tony Jaa as Hunter create appealing heroic characters. Milla has a marvelous way of using her eyes to generate emotion and intellect. Her growing friendship with Hunter is fun to watch.
MONSTER HUNTER has a strong moral worldview with Christian allusions. For example, the horned monster is called Diablos (or Devil). Also, later in the movie, Hunter’s leader, played by Ron Perlman, informs Captain Artemis that the ancient race that built the tower and the portal to Earth left Diablos and a group of fire-breathing, flying dragons to guard the tower. He says the people destroyed themselves through their advanced technology. He wants to stop the tower’s machinery from creating the portal to Earth, to protect both planets and to destroy the monsters, especially the fire-breathing dragons, which are the hardest to kill.
MONSTER HUNTER has a fair number of obscenities and profanities. Also, Hunter seems to venerate two small, hand-crafted figurines he’s made. The figurines represent his wife and his child, who both died. Finally, the intense battles between the people and the armored monsters, especially the spiders, are pretty scary. At one point, Captain Artemis has to crawl out of a webbed cocoon that one of the spiders has wrapped around her after stinging her with some venom. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for older children and other sensitive viewers.