Monster (Two Discs) [DVD] 
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Charlize Theron won an Oscar at the 2003 Academy Awards for her portrayal of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in this gritty, hard-hitting drama by first-time writer/director Patty Jenkins. After a horrifically abusive childhood in Michigan, Aileen, known as 'Lee' (Charlize Theron) is working as a prostitute on the highways of Florida, with truck-drivers as her main clientele. Just as she is nearing suicidal despair she meets Selby (Christina Ricci) a young woman sent to live with an aunt to 'cure' her of her homosexuality. The two quickly fall into an intense and dysfunctional relationship, and Lee continues to work the streets to support Selby, who has become her lifeline. When one of her customers turns violent, Lee ends up shooting him in self-defence, and her string of killings begins. Wuornos was finally convicted of killing six men, though she claimed to have been acting in self-defence, and was executed in Florida in 2003.
Critics have universally praised Charlise Theron's performance in Monster and the praise, for once, is astonishingly deserved. The gorgeous star of The Italian Job and The Cider House Rules vanishes into the character of Aileen Wuornos, a real-life serial killer and prostitute who murdered at least seven men in Florida. Monster traces her relationship with a young woman named Selby (Christina Ricci), which intertwines with Wuornos's murder spree. This remarkable movie finds compassion for Wuornos but unflinchingly faces her brutal crimes; Theron expresses this woman's horrific life history without softening her terrifying, dead-eyed stare. This is a gripping, devastating performance, a physical and psychological transformation comparable to Robert DeNiro's in Raging Bull. The movie's moral and emotional complexity wouldn't succeed without this searing performance--but succeed it does, and it will stick with you for some time afterwards. Those interested in the back story may also want to seek out Nick Broomfield's documentaries on Wuornos. --Bret Fetzer
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I liked the film but at times I was disturbed by it which is to be expected when you consider the subject manner. When Aileen is raped it was a truly graphic and horrifying scene and I found myself looking away and wanting it to end which I can only assume is what Aileen felt when she took the drastic move of murdering her attacker. Although I know it's common place to talk about serial killers as 'scum of the earth', and 'monsters' I have to admit that I began to like Aileen in the film for her naivety and honesty. You get the impression that she killed for love however wrong this choice was. I also like Christina Ricci who played Aileen's lover. Watch it for a brutal look at the life of one person whose life had absolutely nothing good in it and ended in the way that you'd expect. BADLY.
I avoided watching this film for a long time, not wanting to be depressed by the seemingly unremittingly dark and violent story that looked out from the cover. When I finally got around to it, I found the film so gripping. It was also surprisingly sympathetic to the perpetrator (we don't get much time to feel sympathy for the victims). Director Patty Jenkins adds details to Wuornos's story - for example, she never met her father who was doing time for raping and murdering an eight-year old boy when she was born, but Jenkins has Theron state in a teary scene that she was abused by him - presumably to trigger or strengthen the viewer's pity and provide a deeper psychological motive for the seven killings she commits. This, alongside further brutal treatment by men in her childhood and teenage years - being raped, becoming a prostitute and giving up an unwanted baby for adoption in her early teens - is seen as the wellspring for her extreme misandry which culminates in her brutal killings of men and a last ditch attempt to find love with a person of her own sex. The motivation of Selby (in real life called Tyria Moore - a hotel maid she met in a Daytona gay bar) is probably too roughly sketched; it is difficult to believe that she was sufficiently delusionally naive to have turned a blind eye to Wuornos's escalating violence (Selby is also portrayed as younger than Moore was at that time).Read more ›
In January 1991, aging prostitute Aileen Wuornos was arrested in Florida. She was suspected of killing seven men since 1989, leaving their bullet-riddled bodies near highways, and stealing their cars and cash. In January 1992, Wuornos was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death, mostly on the evidence of her own confessions and the testimony of her lesbian lover during the killing spree, Tyria Moore. In October 2002, the state took her life. MONSTER is Aileen's story.
Even a cursory reading of the Wuornos tragedy on the Web will indicate the challenge of Charlize's incredibly taxing role. It's not just the make-up (shaved eyebrows, false teeth), body alteration (thirty pounds added weight), and costumes that the actress put on for the role. It's the walk, talk, nervous mannerisms and body language. Even aura, if you believe in such. Theron is unrecognizable as herself. The transformation is apocalyptically stunning.
The film does, of course, take liberties. Tyria Moore, 24-years old when she met Wuornos in 1986, becomes "Selby" (Christina Ricci), who's about 18 in the script. The screenplay inferred to me a time span of perhaps several months for the Aileen-Selby relationship, and that the first killing occurred about when the two first met. In fact, Aileen and Tyria spent four years together, and the first murder was committed only towards the end. In any case, Ricci deserves consideration for an Oscar in a supporting role as the troubled, naive, and clueless Selby totally out of her depth.
At one point, Theron's Aileen states that she was raped by her father's friends, and that he subsequently beat her for it.Read more ›
Picking up the story of Aileen as she is at one of her lowest points, hitching across the country and turning tricks in order to survive, the film gives Charlize Theron the role of a lifetime as the dangerous yet surprisingly sympathetic main character. Cast against type (rather like Tom Cruise in Born On The Fourth Of July), Theron is virtually unrecognizable under heavy makeup, extra weight and prosthetic teeth as she virtually inhabits the role of Wournos, turning in a performance that must rank as one of the finest in modern cinema.
Wournos abandons her lifestyle after she meets Selby Wall, a teenage lesbian runaway played with a wide eyed innocence by Christina Ricci, and although Wournos insists she is not gay, the two quickly fall in love. Determined to do things right for Selby, Aileen attempts to get a regular job, but after a string of humiliating failures, she returns to her former job, where she kills her first victim in self defence after her beats, rapes and is about to kill her. From there, it is an easy step for Aileen to continue killing her "Johns", taking their money and their cars as she attempts to give Selby the lifestyle that she so desperately craves.
This is in no way, shape or form a happy uplifting film. Aileen is as much a victim as any of the men she kills, but the film does not attempt to excuse her actions, rather to rationalise and explain them.Read more ›
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“People kill each other every day and for what? For politics, for religion, and their heroes!” [Aileen]
This 2003 dark crime drama tells the story of serial killer Aileen... Read more
This is a true story and is so sad in many ways. I did shed a tear for the "monster" as I felt she was s desperate tormented soul but doesn't justify the killing she did... Read morePublished 3 months ago by mr levi thompson