Monsters (2010) English- Horror/Thriller Rated “R” Runtime- 94 min. dir. Gareth Edwards
I really hate it when movies are able to put up some cool ads about a movie with a unique premise, only for the execution of that movie to totally suck. Usually, I don’t get sucked in on ad campaigns because I believe that professional salespeople can make anything look good. Once in a while, however, I give a movie like this a chance. Sometimes I’m rewarded, sometimes not…
Kind of gets a little lost after about the first half hour or so. Painstakingly creates a really neat little alternate universe, only to squander it in the end.
Two no-names (maybe they’re known in the UK) falter under the weight of what eventually becomes a character study. Any other characters presented are completely forgettable, whether they are important or not.
Some pretty cool sets framed by standard thriller movie photography. Other than a couple of neat setpieces, it primarily looks pretty much like Cali, even if they didn’t shoot there.
Very unique-looking monsters that I wish could have made more appearances. I’m not saying that it should have been chock-full of them, but a monster movie that only has monsters on-screen for about 20-25 min. needs to decide what it wants to be. It either needs to have them around a lot more to make them as normal as it says they are, or it needs to make the scenes they are in huge.
It could have been much more.
It didn’t end up being as great as I though and hoped it would be, but I would still recommend it to monster movie aficionados, and anyone looking to have a pretty good time.
P.S.- Realized something crazy last night while browsing IMDB. I’ll make a post about it later!!