Critic Consensus: It doesn't quite live up to its intriguing premise, but Monsters is a surprising blend of alien-invasion tropes, political themes, and relationship drama.
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Critic Reviews for Monsters
A better-than-average debut by a filmmaker who merits watching. Let's hope that he keeps some of his indie spirit when Hollywood comes calling.
Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.
It's a new high in lows, as in lowbrow, low budget and low key. But there's something about it that's hard to shake.
Audience Reviews for Monsters
If you want to see what can be accomplished with some dedication, a low budget and just a decent idea. Here you go! A solid sci fi picture.
Those expecting a horror film with aliens may be disappointed, for this in fact a powerful and deeply absorbing low-budget drama about love and the emptiness of life without it, while the monsters are only there to serve as a trigger for the connection between the two characters.
An ambitious, audacious first feature by Gareth Edwards, who is undoubtedly a resourceful and savvy filmmakers. Unfortunately, its heavy-handed political allegory (more Elysium than District 9) stilted acting, and low-budget effects badly damage what would have otherwise been an immersive, imaginative world.
|Andrew Kaulder:||I don't cause it. I just document it.|
|Sam Wynden:||Doesn't that kind of bother you. That you need something bad to happen, to profit from it?|
|Andrew Kaulder:||You mean like a doctor?|
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