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|MONSTERS (director/writer: Gareth Edwards; cinematographer: Gareth Edwards; editor: Colin Goudie; music: Jon Hopkins; cast: Scoot McNairy (Andrew Kaulder), Whitney Able (Sam Wynden); Runtime: 93; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Allan Niblo/James Richardson; Magnet; 2010-UK/USA)|
|"Sci-fi thriller that is fused
together with a familiar road story romance."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Written and directed with pizazz by
Edwards, a CGI artist specialist. The low-budget pic (for around
$15,000) has stunning laptop CGI effects, and works as a sci-fi
thriller that is fused together with a familiar road story romance.
Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy), in 2015, is working in San Jose,
Central America, when the area is attacked by extra-terrestrial monsters. This comes six
years after a NASA probe
carrying samples of extra-terrestrial life
back to earth crashed in Mexico. Andrew's assignment is changed when he is ordered to
escort his publisher boss' idealistic tourist daughter Sam (Whitney
Able) through the
dangerous infected zone to the safety of the US border--which is
supposedly protected by a giant wall structure that will keep out the
rapidly breeding monsters (offering a heavy-handed message about
mismatched duo have great difficulty crossing the ruined and beautiful
rugged Mexican terrain on foot, and must pass the rusty old army tanks
and must avoid the gigantic multi-tentacled
monsters who attack in a deadly way--which is the reason
that area is known as The
Infected Zone. Though
Sam's engaged, over time in her journey, she re-evaluates her
life and falls for the
receptive goofy working-class Andrew. He got out of a bum marriage when
learning his now 6-year-old son actually has another father--though he
continues to care for him as his real son.
little action and no gore, but the challenging pic sets an eerie mood,
commentary is mostly right on and the characters are pleasingly
believable as cautious adventurers and romantics. The good chemistry of
the leads might be explained because at the time they were a real-life
REVIEWED ON 12/12/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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