Monos

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As visually splendid as it is thought-provoking, Monos takes an unsettling look at human nature whose grim insights leave a lingering impact.

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Verified Ratings: 33

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A terrorized American engineer is held captive by teenaged guerilla bandits in a South American jungle.

Cast & Crew

Julianne Nicholson
Doctora Sara Watson
Moises Arias
Patagrande -- Bigfoot
Julián Giraldo
Lobo -- Wolf
Karen Quintero
Leidi -- Lady
Laura Castrillón
Sueca -- Swede
Deibi Rueda
Pitufo -- Smurf
Paul Cubides
Perro -- Dog
Cristina Landes
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Santiago A. Zapata
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Andrés Calderón
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J.C. Chandor
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Charles De Viel Castel
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Critic Reviews for Monos

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (138) | Rotten (11)

  • It's clear from the start that Landes is out to make a tragedy about innocence lost and the wickedness of political movements that rule by remote control with the capriciousness of Greek gods. He's succeeded brilliantly.

    June 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The performances from the young cast are vivid and utterly credible, yet the conspicuously metaphorical nature of the context eventually becomes wearisome.

    October 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Monos is gorgeous, but it is also lucid as hell. And it all happens at lightning speed.

    October 28, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Monos, in its surreal power and persuasiveness, deserves to be called a sci-fi epic of the here and the now.

    October 23, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Muscular filmmaking. Physically shaken, in a good way.

    October 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [A] gorgeously shot, haunting look at human nature at its fraying edges.

    October 4, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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  • Jan 25, 2020
    This year's equivalent to EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is an auditory and visual hallucination of child soldiers somewhere in the Colombian jungle. The elliptical method of storytelling is strong with this one, and we aren't really given much context for why there are child soldiers out in the jungle holding an American doctor as prisoner, but the overt references to "Lord of the Flies" and "Heart of Darkness" make it fairly apparent there's some sort of war going on. Ascertaining who with or why purposfully frustrates the viewer, so we are left to focus on the characters themselves and their actions. There's a whole lot of intended metaphorical substance behind this sensory experience to do with the self-socialization and with Latin American history in general, but I'll let you sift through that yourself since I'm still unpacking it as well. Perhaps even more enticing than the gorgeous visuals, chaotic beauty of the mountainous jungle, and skin crawling body fascination from all the mud and fire is the method of casting development they started months before shooting. Evidently they took about 20-30 Colombian kids to location and set up camp. They received acting lessons and military training each day until they were whittled down "Survivor"-style to the core cast of eight. Their methodized acting translates impeccably well to the screen as, aside from the artifice of presentation, it's somewhere between Come and See and a "Kony 2012" documentary. Add on Mica Levi's (UNDER THE SKIN, JACKIE, MARJORIE PRIME) minimalist score to the fracas and it is nothing short of a psychedelic experience. Also, it's a compelling commentary on the desperate scenarios that fuel the global migrant crisis, if you're into that sort of thing.
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