Selby leaves her family and decides to go on the road with Aileen. The two struggle to survive especially because Aileen wants to quit hooking and have a normal job. With no job skills, she feels forced to go back to hooking and kills several johns in the process for their money. Selby is mostly oblivious to the fact, until Aileen confesses. It is not long before the two become suspects and Aileen feels he must send Selby away to protect her. Selby soon gets chased down and has no choice but to testify.
Monster is a pretty serious drama that is solely fueled by an incredible performance by Theron. She won the Oscar and its completely warranted. In addition to making herself look borderline hideous, she puts on an incredible performance that ranges from fury, to love, compassion and sadness. Despite her going and killing mostly innocent men and is pretty much a Monster, you still feel a sense of compassion and sorrow for her as she has never been given a chance at a real life. Ricci does a fine job supporting, but Theron clearly steals the show and makes the picture. There is not much to like about this film as it is quite a melodrama that features an ongoing saga of unrequited love, murder and despair, but Theron makes you keep watching. The film is loosely based off a real story which gives it a bit more edge and reality to its context, but regardless Monster is worth watching for Theron alone.