Monday, 23 May 2011

Monsters-Review by Jonny T.

Hello all,
Well i finally got to see Monsters about  year after i 1st read about it and heard about it from my good friend Misfitboy.

Here's the Synopsis:-

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life form began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"...... Our story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

The basic story revolves around the 2 main characters Samantha and Andrew,Samantha is stuck way out in Mexico and her very rich father who runs a magazine has a photographer Andrew in the area where she is stuck and sends him out to find her and bring her home safely.
As the synopsis says Mexico has basically been section off as an infected zone where a huge alien invasion of huge octopus like creatures have invaded and inhabited,So there is a news story on the TV of a monster attack on the city where Samantha is based and Andrew is set to bring her home safely,He manages to track her down to a local hospital and informs her of the situation and the task he has been given.
From here on in the start the trek across Mexico very close to the infected zone to find the final ferry back to the USA.

I won't go into great detail off every situation they get into but sufficed to say there are a few,now given the title Monsters you would expect a massive rampage of 600ft beasts but no,you seen the monsters briefly at the start then on TV reports,this builds the story up very nicely as more of a character based/driven scenario which to be honest was quite refreshing to see.
I was speaking to my good friend Jonny Nova about this and he basically told me that he'd looked into it and the budget was practically zero and a lot of the Mexican people you see along the way are just people the crew met as they drove across Mexico.Also the lighting and  monster effects were done on latest state of the art PC software,so all in all this bodes well for indie filmmakers to be able to put in such believable FX for a zero budget.
On summing up would i watch it again?Probably not but it's worth a viewing at least if not to see what kind of thing be achieved with a very low budget.
Jonny T.

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