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Monsters Film Review
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.
Released in 2011
In this ultra low-budget Alien movie, Gareth Edwards starts us on a trip through the Infected Zone of Mexico with two young Americans thrown together to make the journey of their lifetime. One that will open their eyes to the possibility that they are not being told the whole truth about planet Earths newest species.
Andrew (McNairy) is a photographer who works for the father of Samantha (Able) and he is forced to escort her home back to the USA from Central America. Both parties have relationship issues, and the obvious scenario of boy and girl is played out with disappointment to start with, but as the journey intensifies and their need for each other grows, so does their repsect and understanding.
The beginning of the film shows us images of the 'Monsters' being just that, buildings are destroyed, people are killed and the Military are in force to come to the rescue of Mankind. But as we all know, fear of the unknown is a powerful tool and if we just stood back and tried to understand then perhaps we could save ourselves a whole lot of trouble!! After losing the ability to make the quick journey home by boat, Andrew and Samantha have to make the treacherous journey through the Infected Zone in the company of locals. By doing this they learn that perhaps it is not the Alien who is the Monster.
Gareth Edwards' triumph is his ability to use all of the available 'talent' at his disposal to create a great 'road trip' with a moral story attached. His undoubted skills in Special Effects and brilliant use of backdrops add massively to this film and show you don't need millions of dollars to create a great looking film.