Edwards' calling card led to his more recent high profile gigs. Refreshing monster tale that concentrated more on personal relationships than carnage resulted in a film that had a greater resonance than expected. Leads are both quite good and keeping the monsters in the background was an inspired idea.
A lush and beautiful atmosphere, with two main characters that are virtually impossible to sympathize with. A scummy photographer and a strangely naive rich girl embark on a trip across an alien-infested Central America, basically. As beautiful as the film itself was, the characters definitely ruin a few key moments with their dreadfully monotone delivery. But, that being said, it was subtle and quite inventive.
If Cloverfield has a dull and disappointing slacker hipster sibling who thrives on vagueness and has a premature ejaculation problem, Monsters is that sibling. The most interesting (that word is a stretch) parts are the first 2 and the last 20 minutes. Everything inbetween was nonsensical and half-baked. In the end I had more of an appreciation for Cloverfield and was really in the mood for District 9.
I wanted to love this movie, but I didn't. It's more hype than anything else. Also, I don't believe for one second that this was made for 15K. 150 is a slightly more believable number. But even that, Errr.
A great little gem of science-fiction, strongly directed and executed by Gareth Edwards. What I really enjoyed is the simplicity of the story and the calm rhythm, which is uncommon when it gets to 'monsters movies'.
Simple and straight-ahead, with a lot less over-the-top actions. Knowing that this is a very low budget movie, I'm very impressed of how the movie looks. NOT the typical confronting-creatures-then-saves-the-day movie, it shows more to the humanly side. For those who expect to see a fast paced action style with many monsters in it should AVOID this. But for me it was kind of boring and the ending was a little abrupt.
Low on budget, high on concept; admirably conceived but not entirely successful. Ironically, works best as a travelogue, but the romantic plot falls flat and there's really only one scene of monster/alien suspense or horror.