THE MONSTERS AROUND US

MONSTERS (2010)
– 4 out of 5 stars

Monsters take place in the not too distant future, when a space probe returning from space with samples of alien life forms crashes over Mexico. Soon, new life forms begin to appear and most of Mexico has been quarantined as an Infected Zone. Huge walls are erected to keep the “creatures” out of the United States. Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy), a reporter, has been tasked to escort his boss’s daughter, Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able), back to the safety of the US border. When circumstance prevent them from boarding the train and ferry over to the USA, they have to travel through the Infected Zone.

You don’t see much of the “creatures” but you do hear them once in a while. But when you do see the “creatures” attack, it is only when they’re provoked. In fact, the movie’s about the relationship the two people develop on their journey. I mean, if you can survive through the Infected Zone, there’s pretty much hope for everything else? They also start to see things from the other side, now that they are the ones trying to get in. But the ending was so wretched!

It’s a charming indie film and I loved it (maybe because there’s a lack of full-frontal monster action). The score by Jon Hopkins is beautiful and enchanting – head over to the official website to hear it. Plus, considering the fact that it was made with a relatively low budget and the effects were churned out of director Gareth Edwards’ laptop, it’s really amazing.

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