Dinosaurs vs Aliens trailer
From Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black series) and Grant Morrison (All Star Superman, Batman, New X-Men, Animal Man, We3)
I know this is super late to the game in terms of reviewing, but I just watched it.
Monsters was a 2010 indie film by Gareth Edwards about how six years previously NASA found some alien life, but the ship containing samples burned up over Mexico releasing the lifeforms who became giant monster animals in the ‘infected zone’. The infected zone is a huge chunk of Mexico. A photographer must get his boss’ daughter out of Mexico after an attack in the safe zone by a creature, but they must cross through the infected zone. End synopsis.
Ok, so this was just a generally terrible film. I knew entering the movie I shouldn’t expect a typical monster movie in that giant monsters wreck havoc and we see people dealing with like Godzilla or Gamera or even Cloverfield. I knew it was going to be something different from what I had heard, but that’s about all I remembered.
The main reason this was a terrible film is because of it’s central story with its characters. The characters are just not terribly likable people. The director spends a ton of time to try to develop these characters, but he just doesn’t do a good job. At no point could I get into either one of them, and their ‘romance’ was so clearly scripted that it wasn’t even interesting. It’s obvious as soon as you see them together that they’ll end up together, but it’s also obvious that she is with someone who she doesn’t want to be with and while he may be single he has baggage that still weighs on him. It’s not obvious in a good way like ‘oh I’m so glad they finally kissed. All that romantic tension was killing me’ in a swoony voice.
I’m not sure who to blame with these characters the actors or the script. To be fair I’m going to blame both of them because even a great actor/actress can make a terrible script somewhat entertaining. It quickly became obvious that the main plot was going to be about them hooking up, but damn there were so many different ways it could have been done better. It just simply does not deliver as a love story.
And the monsters? They aren’t fucking monsters. You can’t call yourself something that should invoke awe, horror, or awesomeness of any kind if it’s nowhere close to being terrifying or awe inspiring. The monsters in this film make cool looking alien animals, but that’s the problem. They’re clearly animals and not malevolent or misunderstood creatures out to harm humanity for one reason. They’re about as terrifying as dog curious about something shiny. Granted I will give them a cool factor for the Cthulhu inspired look, but the way they are treated makes them not cool at all. I’ve seen shark documentaries scary than these things.
I will give it one good note. As far an overall production for an indie film it was actually decent. I’m just so disappointed at the driving engine of the movie- the story/characters- that I cannot call this a good film at all. It was tedious and boring.
I fear for the future of the American Godzilla franchise. I am so disappointed in Legendary’s choice of director/writer.
Sharlto Copley starred in Neil Blomkamp’s District 9 as the protagonist.
The plot synopsis for this films is: A crew of international astronauts are sent on a private mission to Jupiter’s fourth moon.
Note: This is not Neil Blomkamp’s next film.