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Monsters (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 105 | Rotten: 42

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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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 10

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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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, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures... Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to

Feb 1, 2011

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March 26, 2013:
Gareth Edwards Producing More Monsters
The "Monsters" sequel, titled "Monsters: Dark Continent," is under way.
April 5, 2012:
Bradley Cooper Rumored for Here There Be Monsters
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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.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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The most interesting thing here is the budget.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
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Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies...

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Comment (1)
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Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (2)
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A seamless blending of romance, road movie and monster flick.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comment (1)
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This low-budget and character-driven drama should be applauded for its realistic portrait of a world slowly coming to grips with an alien invasion.

May 19, 2014 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
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If you want to make your giant monster movie more of a character study, more power to you, but then the pressure's on to create some truly captivating characters.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
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Strikingly beautiful effects and atmosphere mixed with some really great direction make for a very well done film.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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Monsters asks greater questions of its audience than the usual special effects yawn-fests.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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This unforgettable debut marks Edwards out as a huge talent and one who'll likely find himself showered with Hollywood cash to support future endeavours.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comment (1)
Digital Spy

Monsters looks and feels like a major studio film, and Edwards is clearly a talent to watch.

April 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Comment (1)

An astonishing achievement for first-time British feature director Gareth Edwards.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound | Comment (1)
Sight and Sound

It's a journey that involves plenty of hazards, none more dire than the prospect of romantic scenes between two actors with zero chemistry.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Comments (3)
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McNairy and Able are stick figures who spend all their screen time spouting risible platitudes about how America sure looks different when you see it from the other side of a wall.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Comments (3)
NOW Toronto

Expect cool weird things from [Edwards] in the future.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comment (1)
Movies.com

Monsters virtually redefines guerilla filmmaking for our technologically attuned generation, and despite its many flaws, it is an enticing career-maker for director Edwards.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

... give Edwards props for making the effort, and for so effectively creating a convincing portrait of the world under siege from a slow, evolutionary invasion.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com | Comment (1)
MSN.com

While the plot appears to meander, the impact is undeniable.

January 14, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Comment (1)
MovieCrypt.com

A road movie, a romantic drama, a post-apocalyptic monster thriller, and more.

January 9, 2011 Full Review Source: FEARnet | Comment (1)
FEARnet

Next to 'Catfish,' 'Monsters' is probably the most anti-climatic ending of the year.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: BET.com | Comments (11)
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A script not even a mother could love

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: JWR | Comments (2)

The movie itself is pretty slow moving and the giant alien monsters are disappointing because they appear on the screen so briefly. The really impressive thing about it is how little it cost to make.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Monsters

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.
February 28, 2014
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I think the real "scary" thing is the misleading title and premise of the movie. At its core "Monsters" is a very human, relationship driven romance and survival/suspense flick last.

The real beauty lies in the synergy of the film's writing as the characters unravel seamlessly with the mysteries and effects surrounding the extraterrestrial presence that lurks within central America.

It's a great movie for many reasons but is more than often crippled by the same fact, it's very character driven. So if you're not interested in the protagonists or convinced by the romantic chemistry between Mcnairy and Able you'll begin to feel the toll of a meandering plot. Everything starts to slow down and pacing issues quickly become apparent.

Nevertheless I can't help but appreciate the themes and character resolutions that come full circle during the films climatic end. Who are the real 'Monsters" indeed :]
December 23, 2013
Drake Tsui

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A photo journalist is grudgingly charged with escorting his boss' daughter through the "infected zone" of central America which has become home for a race of huge alien creatures. Although the DVD cover screeches "THRILLING" and "ACTION PACKED", anyone misguided enough to be hoping for Cloverfield 2 will be mightily disappointed. Monsters is more a road movie that just happens to feature creatures from outer space and reminded me more of a cross between The African Queen and Jurassic Park, with the occasional nod to Apocalypse Now. The actual content is hardly original but the approach is refreshingly different in that it doesn't concentrate on the sci-fi aspect of the story, instead focusing on the protagonists and it has quite a nice "screw with nature at your own peril" subtext plus some sly digs at America's isolationist, xenophobic foreign policy. Most react to the "monsters" with fear and violence with inevitably tragic results and this forms the backdrop to a nice, character driven journey that has a really nice, low key vibe. It's interesting how the proliferation of CGI has meant that indie film now has access to some pretty impressive visual effects and along with District 9, Monsters is another example of some quality results.
October 29, 2013
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