There was a part of me, a huge part of me that wanted to write “this movie sucks” and be done. It had already taken an hour and a half of my life why did I want to give it more? But then I realized it was my responsibility to save others from the same fate.
Monsters is supposed to be a Sci-Fi/Fantasy movie about earth six years after alien invasion. These aliens don’t seem to have invaded the whole planet, just a large portion of northern Mexico. Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) is a photojournalist who is in Mexico to get shots of the devastation and hopefully of the aliens. He receives a phone call that he needs to help his boss’ adult daughter, Samantha Wydden (Whitney Able) out of Mexico before the border is shut down for six months. I think this was due to increased alien activity but I’m not entirely sure. Of course you know they don’t make it out in time, because what would be the point of the movie then. Anyway, through a series of bribes and guides they make the trek to the border through the Infected Zone, which is ripe with aliens.
Now let me count the ways I disliked this movie.
- The premise. Why can’t they simply travel south, through Central America and catch a flight home.
- For a movie called Monsters, we barely see them. That wouldn’t have been a deal breaker, I’ve seen The Mist where the threat is also rarely seen. However, The Mist had interesting characters. The two main characters in this movie held my interest for about twenty minutes before they just became annoying and boring. And even that could be ignored if there any other developed characters. The rest of the characters mostly come across as just talking heads that drift in and out of scenes. There is just nothing to connect to in this movie.
- The non-climatic climatic moment. Five minutes left in the move it promises to get interesting and then doesn’t.
- And lastly, the ending. I’m not going to give it away but this type ending only really works if you are invested in the characters, clearly I’m not.
I think this movie was attempting to be a cerebral science fiction feature. I’ve seen movies do this so much better, most recently The Man from Earth. If you watch this and find yourself connecting with the main characters, then by all means, follow the movie to the end. You’ll probably enjoy it. If you don’t , then turn it off and watch something else before you’ve wasted too much time.