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Review: Monsters (movie)

Genre: sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, thriller

Year: 2010

Directed by: Gareth Edwards

Cast: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able

A deep-space probe is sent to recover what could be traces of alien life. During its return, it crash lands in northern Mexico, and the life forms it contained spread out. They now thrive in an “infected Zone” at the border between Mexico and USA. Walls and bombings seem uncapable of containing these polyp/squid shaped creatures.

After months, possibly years, the situation is no better. Andrew Kaulder is a   photojournalist currently operating in Mexico, and is asked to find his boss’ daughter, Samantha Wynden, injured in what appears to be a creature attack. He has to take her back home before air and sea travel gets blocked for months in an attempt to control the situation. Things don’t go as planned, and the two have to walk through the Infected Zone to get home. During their adventure they learn more about the Zone (why is it considered “infected”) and about the creatures.

Monsters plays with the trope of the Zone in a not fully original but still interesting way, dealing with important themes as it shows us how life goes on at the border - not exactly the most safe border, since creatures get in and out as they please, apparently. Some people try to get away, but it’s super expensive. Some others have resigned to live there. Despite the horrors, life goes on. And the rest of the world doesn’t seem to care (not even the rest of the USA, is implied). The movie is relatively low-budget, but that is not the worst problem. It shows, but it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that the two actors aren’t super good, and the personal problems of their characters could have been handled better. Also, what starts the adventure properly (why they specifically have to walk through the zone) is a bit lame, compared to the other elements. The setting and the world that surrounds them are more interesting than the characters. More specifically, the creatures: they’re more like alien animals than monsters, after all, and it’s clear that some great care was put behind their simple but effective design. Oh, and watch out for the ending. The real one, I mean.

Overall it’s not a masterpiece, but if you’re into the trope of the Zone, it’s recommended. You will not regret it, because it has some interesting elements and details that you’ll still enjoy.

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