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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 find his boss' daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border. -- (C) Magnolia

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Scoot McNairy
as Andrew Kaulder
Whitney Able
as Sam Wynden

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Critic Reviews for 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.

    Apr 4, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The most interesting thing here is the budget.

    Apr 4, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Too much of Monsters simply reminds you of other, better movies...

    Dec 23, 2010 | Rating: 2/4
  • Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.

    Dec 17, 2010
  • This is a very postmodern sci-fi, with its downbeat approach to the monsters themselves, but with a hugely involving love story.

    Dec 2, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A seamless blending of romance, road movie and monster flick.

    Dec 1, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Monsters

Those expecting a typical horror movie with aliens may be disappointed, for this is in fact a more dramatic and deeply absorbing low-budget film about love and the emptiness of life without it, while the monsters serve as a trigger for the connection between the two characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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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 :]

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

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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.

John Manard
John Manard

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