I got this out at the same time as the documentary, "Aileen Wuornos The Selling Of A Serial Killer" (also from Quickflix) and was impressed by the resemblance of Charlize Theron to the real Aileen, although her female friend in the movie (named Selby Wall in the movie) looks nothing like Tyria Moore (Wuornos' actual friend). The movie is broadly in agreement with Wuornos' claim that she was brutalised by her first victim (but she was still given the death penalty for the killing). Theron's acting is plausible, and she portrays a woman quick to anger when she feels she has been rejected.I suggest you also borrow the documentary which shows how badly (in my opinion) her case was handled by her lawyer.
I didn't know what to expect from thie movie and I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Charlize Theron looks identical to the real woman it's almost chilling! Very well acted, quite sad that this is how some people have to get buy. Worth a watch!
A really good movie. Great story, scary that it's true. A must watch. The story of Aileen has always intrigued me. Charlize's portrayal was amazing.
AMAZING MOVIE A MUST WATCH !!!
THERON'S PERFORMANCE IS AMAZING AND HER RESEMBLANCE TO THE REAL WOMAN IS UNCANNY. THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR THE FAINT HEART BUT A MUST WATCH FOR MOVIE BUFFS!!!!!
Sorry I did not enjoy this movie and found Theron's acting unconvincing although strong it was a little caricatured to win me. Otherwise it was solid well made movie it was not my cup of tea.
A haunting movie, the acting is absolutely great.
Great movie, shame I hadn't seen it earlier. Must see !!!
This was a fantastic movie. It was psychologically intriguing. The acting was amazing and the Characters were bought to life by the Actors. I am happy I watched it. It will be stuck in my mind for a very long time.
A harrowing and haunting movie. Watching it raises all sorts of questions and unsatisfactory answers. Was she insane? Certainly to some extent, yet the displayed behaviour is believable of that type of person. Was society responsible? To an extent, but not specifically. Did love make her do it? Yes, superficially but other outcomes were possible. Did she hate men? Yes, but hardly a good reason. Did she become addicted to killing? Yes, but the portrayal also shows she hated it. Was it because anyone can buy a gun? Yes, but then she probably could have got one illegally. The result is a film that captivates from beginning to end.
good movie, charlize is good in this movie.
Charlize like you've never seen her before...absolutely epic!
A film based on the true story of a female serial killer which manages to avoid the sensational and concentrate on what possibly turned the subject into a monster. The performance by Theron is stunning. 4.5 stars
Charlie Theron & Christina Ricci star in this Lesbian relationship based on a true story about Aileen Wuornos prostitute turned serial killer. This movie got me thinking about was it ever possible to have sympathy for a killer let alone serial killer I find myself wrestling with the belief that someone can becomes severely damaged from a severe cruel dysfunctional start in life. Had life been different she would not have ended up with the death penalty, you can almost understand what lead her here. You will not recognize Charlie Theron in this as her appearance was transformed to look like someone you would not look at twice. Such a different role and fantastic acting she becomes Aileen without a doubt.
Charlize Theron is sensational in this movie. A truely haunting and unforgattable film. A definate must see.
I have added this to my queue of movies and can't wait to see it again! This is a pretty good film and Charlize deserved her oscar for her portrayal. Great performance by Christina Ricci also
Wow! I was so impressed with Theron's transformation physically, mentally and emotionally to this role. Aileen is a tragic character who finds hope in the most desperate of times. Sadly, this hope does not linger and her dreams fade away into something far worse than her earlier sad life. It's a film that will leave an imprint on your mind.
Monster is a story about someone who was never really given a chance in this life. Even when a small amount of happiness could be found, her experience and desire to make it last, at all costs, results in everything being taken away. A troubled mind can justify almost any course of action.
I have never enjoyed the depiction of poor tortured souls trying to play the cards dealt to them. Despite their best efforts they seem to travel on merry go rounds that relentlessly takes them back to the start.
Theron is unrecognisable as the beautiful woman we know and her portrayal is very good and left me feeling more than uncomfortable.
Theron barely recognisable, really dramatic stuff and a bit violent, but all in the good telling of the story. Well deserved accolades for Theron's performance in this movie. Necessary watching I think.
Gritty stuff...Charlise is the movie!!
enjoyed watching this 2nd time round. Charlize's
transformation is amazing, just goes to show
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Thought it was great, especially being a true story and all. I think Charlize played the part excellent and all the make up they done for her etc.. was excellent also. It would take some guts by both Charlize and Christina Ricci to act in some of the scenes they had to do.
Harrowing portrayal of a deeply damaged girl. Honest and moving
Excellent film and Theron was brilliant and well deserving of the Oscar. Not that I condone what Aileen did, except the first guy because he probably would have killed her. I guess she felt that after she had killed him and tried to improve her life, but to no avail, there was no turning back. I think by then she felt that it was too late she had suffered way too much and the damage had been done. A very tragic story about what can happen when a person is pushed too far.
Despite all the hoo-ha, a very disappointing film. I actually found it quite boring!
The movie is a bit dull apart from Charlize Theron's performance in the lead role. Tends to sympathise a bit with her as well.
very good movie the theatrical effects and how they made charlize look in the movie were great.
Awesome movie following a self-distructive hooker trying to go clean, for her new lover. Based on a true story.
This movie creates a love/hate relationship between the viewer and the character.
For people who like to see the psychology behind deranged people this is a winner.
Disturbing - makes you think about the factors influencing a person to become a monster.
Found the bad language a bit confronting at times but the story line was very good.
This is a quality movie! Charlize Theron captures Aileen Wuorno's true character to a tea, she is very believable. I thoroughly recommend this movie to anyone who thrives on crime based on true events, or those who simply love a decent movie. Although there are a couple of violent scenes, it is well worth watching and even has numerous funny scenes!
Absolutely fantastic movie from a genre I don't usually watch but as I'd heard so much about it I gave it a go. Actually watched it through a second time as Charlize Theron's performance was brilliant. Loved the added feature of footage of Eileen Wournas, the main character. I must say that I actually felt quite a bit of sadness for her pitiful life she led.
Charlize plays the character very well. Her acting is excellent
Charlize Theron is amazing in this role- one of the most convincing performances
I have ever seen. Aileen was a woman who had nothing going for her- an
unattractive hooker forced to ply her trade in sordid surroundings in order to
survive in a world that had shown her no love at all.She was destined for a bad
end. Nevertheless she had a lot of heart and strength to do what she had to do.
Despite the horror of her crimes I found her quite heroic.It's testimony to
Theron's acting skill and the director's genius that her complex story could be told
in such a way as to make the viewer understand completely the tragedy of her
Tragic but compelling story and unbelievably great acting
Well what a great movie. Realistic and no frills story based upon a true life story. This is how life is without the PC. Nice to realise that not is yet all lost.
Gritty, believable, great acting, recommended.
Powerful performance by Charlize Theron - she transforms herself fully into the role of Aileen Wuernos (see actual footage of Aileen in the bonus material). Such a tragic , violent story - makes you think about the fragility of the human psyche and its propensity for evil.
This was a very hard hitting, dark storyline but so intriguing. Charlise Theron is fantastic in it, can see why she won the oscar. Not a light, easy movie to watch but so worthwhile.
Very sad and shocking, but one of those movies where one feels some sympathy for the evildoer!
The acting was great. However the movie itself was slow and put me to sleep.
Very good acting but a very dark and violent movie.The transformation of Charlize was excellent but a little distracting.
Charlize Theron is utterly convincing. A love story with a twist.
I think this film portrays pretty well the decadence in American society that people talk. Very convincing performances.
The violence can be hard to watch in this but Theron puts in an excellent performance. Very well made, well balanced film.
it was a very moving movie. Charlize Theron played the character very well. It was even better cause it was based on a true story. I enjoyed it
The strongest convincing performance of a character since Hillary S. 'Boys Don't Cry' and George C Scot's 'Patton'. Wonderfully written reflecting the environment and society that produces such individuals - US still not taking responsibility for what it creates. An intelligent, sad film.
I found this movie absorbing, but one has to be pretty desenstised to violence to 'enjoy' it. Charlize Theron's performance was oustanding, but as I watch movies either to be entertained and to be stimulated mentually, Monster, although enlightening about the the perception of this unfortunate woman's rationale for her deeds, was just too violent and depressing for me.
Given the current contraversy around Brokeback Mountain, I am suprised that this oscar winner slipped through without a mention of its 2 main gay characters. Christina Ricci is brilliant as the girlfriend. Clearly the best performances of the year, a very well constructed movie altogther.
I didn't like this movie at all... Very slow and dull.... Sad story though!
I can see why Charlene won an Oscar for her performance. It was riveting. Certainly worth watching for that reason alone but interesting to see how the other half lives.
very good and entertaining movie.
Charlize Theron is superb as Aileen Wournos - a sad story about what causes women to kill. Well worth watching.
Oh boy! This is an amazing performance by Theron. I was used to her "pretty girl" image but this is anything but. A hard film to watch, but harder to stop watching. Only the soppy performance by Ricci stops this from being 5 star.
A truly remarkable movie. One for the record books. Has fantastic acting and the story comes together very well. If you like true crime movies that stick with the facts don't go past this sharp, true crime drama. Quite gritty in some parts but its ultimately a sad film about the circumstances in life people find themselves in.
This is one of those movies that you just have to watch! It shows the true grit of human nature.. doesn't pretty anything up, and gives you a taste of the otherside!
Great performance by Charlize, but pretty gruelling subject matter.
Disturbing yet engrossing real life story.
Agonising portrait of a woman that comes across as more a victim than a monster. Unbelievable performance by an unrecognizable Theron.
Well made film but somewhat depressing subject. Charlize (or the make-up)acts ok.
Charlize is indeed convincing in this real life story dramatisation, though I wouldn't say Monster is in any way as good as Boys Don't Cry.
Terrific performances. I tip my hat to Charlize Theron to taking on such a confronting role, and carrying it out flawlessly. Quite a confronting film of senseless crimes carried out by those who are mad / bad. A story worth telling, yet not glorifying it in the least.
Gripping drama... Charlize Theron was without doubt a deserving best actress. A most convincing and moving performance and an insightfully written script, this was a sad tale of one woman's life circumstances, loves and ill- conceived instinct to survive, that made her a monster in the eyes of the world at large.
Brilliant movie, the acting was excellent, really enjoyed this film despite the reality of it all.
Very powerful, gripping movie. Very real and potent.
Charlize Theron gave a brilliant performance. Not a feel good movie. An in depth study of the not so lovely side of human nature.
Charlize Theron's performance is terrific! She has captured the character of Lee Wournos with incredibly skill and insight.
May not appeal to everyone.
this was a confronting movie and enabled one to understand how a person can do such horrible things. It was astonishing to see how such a beautiful woman can successfully portray a character that is so hard and plain. A memorable performance.
Well documented and well acted. Not sure if we were supposed to feel sorry for the 'Monster', though her early life did leave alot to be desired.
Great movie made more interesting because it's based on fact.
Disturbing movie which leaves you feeling uneasy throughout most of the movie. Pretty confronting stuff relating to how dark and depraved humans can be forced to act.
Very well acted but a sad story
An excellent depiction of the characters and a well crafted film. Excellent acting from Charlize Theron
So tragic, what an eye-opener. It's a depressing but necessary movie, afterwards it just made me completely sad that everyone who was meant to love this woman betrayed her. Her life and ubringing was so terrible. A big awakening!
Didnt like her in this at all. Maybe it was TOO realistic
Very good, was a sad story, great acting.
Charlize Theron certainly deserved her Oscar for this disturbing and raw film.
This was fantastic!! A not to be missed performance by Charlize Theron and Christina Ricci. Intense and moody, as well as unpredictable.
Disturbing insight into a side of humanity that fortunately very few of us get to witness.Charlize Theron is brilliant - very believable
What an amazing portrayal of a serial killer! Didn't recognise Charlize Theron at all and her acting in this part was sensational, I thought. I felt compassionate towards the serial killer as the story unfolded as she appeared to be a victim of circumstance. It was a real pity she kept on killing as I thought her revenge was warranted at least for the first couple of killings based on her past history.
Great movie - don't miss the extra features!!
Be warned, this movie is quite disturbing. Once you start watching, it's difficult to stop. It's a terrifyingly gritty true story, that makes you shudder to think about the lack of respect for human life and not exclusively on the part of the killer. Make sure you have a happy movie to watch straight after!
If Charlize Theron won the Oscar for her performance in this picture, all I can is the others must have been pretty bad.
A bit disturbing, but good all the same.
Charlize Theron earnt her Oscar!!Much better than I expected!
In a million years I'd never have reconised Charlize in this rôle. What a transformation! In turn this gives us a perfect opportunity to judge her acting ability without being dazzled by her immense beauty. She was a truly deserving winner of the Goldne Globe and the Oscar this year. A depressing film in terms of subject material, but being a true story makes it compelling viewing. Not for the faint-hearted, but a slice of real life, albeit lowlife.
Great acting, depressing topic
Charlise's acting is very deserving of the Oscar, a pretty intense film, worth a watch.
It's hard to watch some parts of this movie, it's very eye-opening for naive people that's for sure! Worth watching though because it is a true story.