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.
The fact that Gareth Edwards has been assigned to the new Godzilla movie is testament to how great Monsters really is. Anyone who dislikes this movie probably didn't know the circumstances regarding it's creation, most notably that it was made for less than $800k and that Gareth did most of the work himself. The guy is an inspiration and I can't wait to see his vision for Godzilla in 2014.
Outstandingly good, beyond its budget and brought to the screen with an assured hand behind it, this is without doubt the surprise of the year. Without being heavy handed the film gets its message across whilst still maintaining its underlying level of tension. Fantastic filmmaking.