O.M.G. That would have to be one of the lamest attempts at science fiction film making that i have ever had the great misfortune to watch. If i could have been bothered to actually see the end i am sure that it wouldn't have gotten any better. And Pig Mc Gee you didn't have to say that not everyone in the film were actors (well der!!)
What to say about this movie.Well it wasn't suppose to be a thriller and it wasn't.I thought the octopus being the so called monster was a bit stupid.I enjoyed the movie up until it started to be a bit non plus closer to the end not recommended.
As a fan of sci-fi, this one wasn't too bad. It starts off slow and sort of builds up to seeing the 'creatures' clearly towards the end. The death and killing is more implied than seeing blood and gore. Shaking camera filming is not my fav but it is tolerable. The main actor is a bit of a douche in how he hits on the girl he is trying to get out of the infected zone. She is very pretty but her acting is very minimal. I have seen a lot worse films. If you like your suspence built slowly, this movie is for you if you like mediocre sci-fi.
If you look into how this film was made, you'd be shocked. They literally just travelled through Mexico and Belize (and somewhere else) and filmed randomly with a hand-held camera. For the budget spent, this is an amazing movie -written, directed and shot by one man! Most of the people in this movie were not even actors. The two scenes with the ferry ticketmaster are amazing, considering they met him 10 minutes before they shot them! I wondered why the actors seemed so real - well it was because they were! Great movie, highly recommended. I loved the fact that it was British and so non-hollywood. And I am a sci-fi buff.
It is unusual in a good way.
I actually enjoyed this film. Who would have thought an alien movie would have an adventure and love story involved. Dont know why the title was called Monsters, it was more a real life, I want out sort of situation movie. Ending left you guessing and I was hoping for a happy ever after ending. If you want Scifi dont get it, if you want a love story then yes I would recommend it.
limited story line - shocking
Utterly puerile - not worth watching
If this is the best that sci-fi has to offer, then God please help the rest of us...
Abysmal, this is not really worth watching. The "monsters" were giant 1950's type walking octopuses of which you see very little. Lots of talking and looking around, nothing really happens. I have given it one star for the acting and the scenery.
A journalist is ordered by his boss to rescue his daughter from nasty aliens. A sci-fi action movie that shoots above its weight. The journey through the alien infested no man’s land is quite effective given the low budget. 3.5 stars
Shot in a documentary fashion with a laboured unfolding of events and an ending that well left you flat.
What a load of old crock. Under-acted, unbelievable characters, Monsters, what monsters, whoever conceived this load of rubbish never saw any of the classic monster movies and took the financiers to the cleaners.
I didn't mind this movie. Found it reasonably interesting. The movie was made on a shoestring budget so I really don't think they did too bad a job of it. Seen a lot worse.
One of the more original movies for a while although the title is a little misleading.
I still have no idea what this was trying to say or do and left me with a What The? feeling. At lest the gore was kept to a minimum.
Very slow moving, not enough action and bad love story. Had potential but didnt live up to the name.
Not bad - I enjoyed it as I watched it but expected a 'surprise' or development at the end which didn't arrive.
Nauseating. That's the one word to sum up political garbage like this movie. When I want to watch a movie titled "Monsters", I want to watch a movie about, well, about monsters. I want action and suspense. Yet when I want to learn about the subtleties of the real world and its politics, then I read a variety of books, periodicals, articles, and opinion pieces written from different perspectives. But to be superficial and spew out the same cliche -- "Evil America" -- that the unthinking mainstream media now embraces is, frankly, BORING. It' been done. It's stale. And few people are stupid enough to believe this slogan.
For example, in one scene, we find out that there are no "real" monsters: they are the creation of the United States. Yes, that's right. There are no real monsters in life. It's all the United States' fault for bombing the "goodness" out of them. Good ol' US of A sends in its warplanes and then, in response to this hostile act, the monsters are created. So simple. Didn't you know? And if you don't think it's that simple, that it's all the United States' fault, then you are a troglodyte, sir. My good man, get enlightened! Everyone and everything is born good and it's only the actions of the powerful, of the United States, that corrupts nature's goodness. What a load of trash.
But it's the ending that really left me retching. To solve the monster problem the United States has built a giant wall to quarantine itself from all those horrible undesirables crossing the border to the south. Oh, spare me. The United States is so broke, so indebted that it's lucky if it can build a 20-metre bridge -- forget about building a 200-m high wall that runs for hundreds of kilometres. It's more than ten years since 9/11, and the States haven't even started construction on the Twin Towers' replacement.
I guess the scriptwriter had more than one meaning with the giant, segregating wall. Israel come to mind? So glib.
Action: all the action is in the first minute.
Dialogue: that word "nauseating" comes to mind, again. It's cheap, stupid, sentimental balderdash.
The male protagonist: he's the sort of dweeb that chimps at the zoo will single out to fling their waste at.
The "monsters": real or not, they weren't scary or nasty. Actually, I had a hankering for fried calamari rings while watching this movie.
So, to sum up this movie (besides nauseating) I will use a word I'm sure the activist director and activist scriptwriter are familiar with: BOYCOTT.
mmm, different. Glad I watched the extras on the director's vision - helped me to understand his thinking behind the movie. There was some really lovely scenery within the movie.
Monsters proves that you don't need $200 million and non-stop explosions to make a quality science fiction movie ... using an intelligent and subtle script with engaging characters. There is a great deal of suspense - largely driven by character development and fear of the unknown rather than shock moments on screen. The film is beautifully shot, making the most of the exotic locations and minimising special effects. The two main actors give really grounded performances that drive the picture. Highly recommended.... just don't expect this to be like District 9 or The Thing!
One of the best films for acting, locations and concept since Cloverfield! The suspense comes from what's NOT seen as opposed to what is put on the screen.
McNairy and Able work well together and not just because they are a couple in real life. Watching the DVD extras gives a good behind the scenes look into the directors vision and how the whole film was constructed.
I'll definetely be looking out for Gareth Edwards films' in the future...
Worse than Cloverfield (which is really crap too by the way)
I saw this film at the Internation Film Festival on closing night and although visually, it was a treat, this film was overall disappointing. The actors had no chemistry EVEN THOUGH they are a couple in real life, which was bizarre to find out. Although science fiction, this film is devoid of action, mystery, logic and meaning. I understood that this wasn't a typical "Independence Day" alienfest but still I was left yearning SOME kind of structure. What could have been an adventurous journey with a developing meaningful relationship and undertones of cultural differences turned out to be a superficial arthouse sci-fi wank.
This film had too many opportunities to give the audience insight into both characters and revealing an ominous sense of cosmicism and our hypocritical view on importance as a species. In the end, there was nothing in this film albeit two strangers conveniently walking from Mexico to America and they see an octopus.
H.P. Lovecraft would be turning in his grave.
P.S.- If this was a SHORT film, then maybe it would've achieved it's goal. This movie was filmed well considering how small the crew were but plot, script and heart was incredibly lacking.
Boring. Giant octopus don't cut it as scary aliens, and they were rarely seen. Just a lot of bad acting, and not much storyline.
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. Enjoyable but the ending sucked!
This one snuck up on me - but I really enjoyed the concept. You saw glimpses, but enough of the monsters to become fascinated by the story and the plight of the individuals involved.
Hmm...it was the atmosphere that got this movie the 5 stars. I like alien movies and monster movies. The plot was very wavy through the whole movie and I seriously expected something better than a giant glow-in-the-dark octopus for the monsters...the end was a laugh for me, I think it was meant to be tense and fraught with suspense but after seeing the giant octopuses [octopi?] I just couldn't take it seriously any more. The dead kid was a bit sad, I would have liked it to be more clear on whether or not he took the photo like he said he would at the start of the movie. Bit long winded but I did enjoy it
Very different but intriguing and enjoyable twist on the story of earth being invaded by extraterrestrials.
was so disappointed in this movie,for me it was a one time watch,the best part for me was the ending at the service station.
Don't expect this to be 'District 9' and you'll be okay. Although it is technically a sci-fi movie, it is really just a road-movie that focusses on the journey and the relationship between the two main characters. In other words it's sci-fi meets chick-flick.
Bad story, bad acting, silly monsters.
I can't believe all these people saying how boring blah blah blah this movie was. I guess they were expecting some Independence Day style patriotic rubbish. The whole point of the movie was 'aliens'. Being Alien. It was very cleverly set on the Mexican/American border. A border notorious for people trying to sneak illegally through. Just as District 9 did, this movie is saying how all creatures deserve to live somewhere in peace, even alien creatures. Beautifully shot, great script and the actors were very natural. The ending was brilliant!
Hmm what can i say. watched the complete movie hoping that something was going to happen. very dissapointed with this one.
This is so NOT a monster movie. It has no real storyline and is just plain boring.
this is not a good movie, boring........waiting for something to happen,
does not deserve any starts. just remove it from the library
boring and a complete waste of time. do yourself a favour and watch something else. just about anything would be better then this garbage.
In the words of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons,"Worst Movie Ever!"
Boring, pointless, garbage. Don't waste your time!
A limp attempt at social commentary mixed with apathetic acting, very little action and some very poor attempts at suspense, this is a disappointing movie.
Don't waste your time with this movie,90 minutes of bordem.It was more like a documentry about mexico.the entire movie was just two people crossing the country looking and taking photos of ruined buildings.only saw two aliens at the end of the movie.......no action,story line or anything remotely interesting....I've give it a 1.2 out of 10.
for an action/drama film there wasnt really any action but plenty of drama. the alien monsters looked undesirable and all in all a dissapointing flick and i rated it 4 outta 10
Really disappointing as a modern Sci Fi.
Earth probe crash lands back in Mexico, carrying samples that contain life forms. Scientists do nothing but let them grow and multiply and kill!
Solution, build a huge wall around America to keep them out. Acting was poor, as was the special effects. Storyline lacked suspense.