Movies like District 9 and Cloverfield have definitely changed things over the last few years.
The idea of taking a huge concept, basing it in reality and focusing on a few well developed characters is a new, excited and successful way to tell a story.
Gareth Edwards’ Monsters is the latest in a string of incredible movies.
After months of waiting, I finally got my chance to see one of my most anticipated movies of 2010.
I’m happy to report I wasn’t disappointed.
Monsters, is a fantastic movie. What’s even more impressive is how little resources the director used to pull it off.
True, it’s evident in the ‘lack’ of monsters in the film but that’s not what it’s about. This new trend in filmmaking doesn’t rely on action sequences every 10 minutes. Sometimes, a little mystery can pay off.
In this case, Monsters relies almost entirely on it’s 2 main characters.
When the monsters (Who look and sound incredible by the way) do make appearances it means so much more because of WHO is in danger.
I found myself hypnotized during the final moments of the film. Staring at the screen and imagining what our world would be like if it were real.
To me, that is the defining factor of an amazing story.
A tale that grips my imagination and makes me wonder what it must be like to be those characters.
Monsters would have fallen flat if the main characters were boring and uninteresting.
Thankfully, everything comes together in one hell of an entertaining and fascinating movie.
My goal for this review?
If you were on the fence about whether you should see it or not allow me to push you into the theater ASAP.
Note: Don’t do it if you didn’t like District 9 or Cloverfield. Chances are this movie isn’t for you.
PS: How could you not like District 9 or Cloverfield?