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THOUGHT-PROVOKING, AUTHENTIC, SCARY, SCI-FI ROAD MOVIE.
10 February 2019
This is a review of the standard Region B2 Blu-ray from Momentum Pictures. For my comment on quality issues, see below.
This amazing ultra-low budget British Sc-Fi film is a fascinating addition to the genre. Reviewers compare it to ‘District 9’, because both movies use the so-called “found footage" technique, and also because the aliens are seen. I think it can also be compared more closely to ‘Cloverfield’. But the difference here is that ‘Monsters’ is also a rather scary Road Movie, as the two stars, trapped down in Central America as an infestation of alien creatures escalates, take huge risks to make it home to the United States. This produces a ‘jeopardy’ plot-line that is thoroughly convincing, and plenty of equally convincing action, though this film is NOT a manic action-fest from beginning to end.
What impressed me most about ‘Monsters’ is that it positively drips authenticity. The two Texan stars don’t come over as polished actors, but as a couple of ordinary youngsters caught up in something huge, that they don’t really comprehend. The rest of the cast was almost exclusively local people brought in as extras and asked to improvise. This works really well to produce the immediacy and credibility needed. The locations through Central America are very photogenic and the special effects of the alien ‘eggs’ is masterly. So too are the actual monsters, especially later in the film. The last scenes are ~ very, very special, and beautiful.
This is a very thought-provoking film. The ‘monsters’ are clearly hugely destructive and dangerous, but why? Is this their natural demeanour? Who or what are the real monsters in all of this? There are a lot of possible answers to that question thrown up in the course of the 90 minutes, and consequently, this is a film you will be discussing for a long time after the last credits.
Product quality: This disc was sold by HarriBella.UK.Ltd, according to my order docket, but arrived in a box with a large batch of other discs from Amazon EU S.a.r.L. The disc was fine, for which I was relieved, as there was no cellophane packaging around the box, and the box was broken in two places. It actually looked like a returned disc. I have not changed my star rating as a result - I could have returned the disc - but it is worthy of mention.