Rent Monsters (2010)

3.0 of 5 from 422 ratings
1h 30min
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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 forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an Infected Zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures... A jaded US journalist (Scoot McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss' daughter, a shaken American tourist (Whitney Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.
Actors:
, , Mario Zuniga Benavides, , , , , , Jonathan Winnford, Stan Wong, , Mario Richardson, Jorge Quirs, Erick Arce, Emigo Munkel, Esteban Blanco, Victor Vejan, Cristopher Chararria, Roman Bustamante, Solamon Albarran
Directors:
Voiced By:
Cooper Smith
Writers:
Gareth Edwards
Studio:
Momentum
Genres:
British Films, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/04/2011
Run Time:
90 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary with Gareth Edwards, Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Editing Monsters featurette
  • Monsters VFX featurette
  • Factory farmed - Short film by Gareth Edwards
BBFC:
Release Date:
11/04/2011
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary with Gareth Edwards, Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able
  • Behind the scenes featurette
  • Editing Monsters featurette
  • Monsters VFX featurette
  • Factory farmed - Short film by Gareth Edwards

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Reviews (8) of Monsters

worst film ever - Monsters review by JM

Spoiler Alert
08/06/2011

this film was very hard to get into and watch ,little happened and took asges for something to actually happen. the ending was a huge let down, just when i thought Cloverfield was bad this takes the biscuit!

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Nothing much happens. Err – that's it - Monsters review by RP

Spoiler Alert
26/01/2012

I seem to have watched a lot of low-budget sci-fi films recently – Moon (man alone in moonbase), Skyline (alien invasion by tentacled creatures) and now Monsters (yet another alien invasion by tentacled creatures). Except it's not. The title is very misleading – the 'monsters' only make a token appearance and the story is far more about the two main characters and how a relationship develops between them.

The story is straightforward (?): some years previously a returning space probe crashed in central America, bringing back an alien life form. Tall, octopus-like tentacled aliens infect the area, making it dangerously uninhabitable. The area is cordoned off in an attempt to contain the aliens. But that is just background – the story itself is of a man and woman trying to make it back to the US and forced to cross the infected zone. They start out, they make it, nothing much happens. Err – that's it.

Dull movie, no thrills, no monsters. Boring – but some of the photography is good. Very disappointing – I was expecting better. But I have seen worse films so I'll give it 2/5 stars.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Try to stay awake - Monsters review by aw

Spoiler Alert
29/11/2013

Never have I sat through such a load of tripe as I (tried) to make any sense of this film.

"Watching paint dry" would be more entertaining by far.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Monsters review by Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso

All is fair in love and war with aliens.

The indie ‘Monsters’ showcases a couple who come together during an alien onslaught on Earth, specifically at the border of United States and Mexico. Photojournalist Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) is tasked by his employer to fetch daughter Samantha (Whitney Able) and bring her back to the US. As they traverse the war-torn terrain of humans versus aliens, they get to know each other and even, well, fall in love.

If you want an action-sci-fi-thriller a la M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Signs’ or the recent hit ‘District 9’, look elsewhere. This is not your typical alien movie. There’s a Krakken-like alien pestering Earth and its earthlings, the danger is always afoot, yet its main leads Andrew and Samantha can’t help but be sensitive about feelings. The intention of making a romantic film in the vein of ‘Before Sunrise’ with aliens was intentional. Its writer-director Gareth Edwards used the alien madness as the backdrop for the burgeoning love story of Andrew and Samantha. Edwards can do this – why the hell not, but its trailer is misleading and if you’re in it for the gore, just walk away.

Yet I can’t help but give its filmmakers its quirky due. It’s a unique concept; a tad too indie for my taste but fresh nonetheless. Andrew and Samantha do a road trip per se through the chaos of an alien takeover and instead of running amok for their lives, they seem to be curious of the changes going on, taking it all in. ‘Monsters’ is a very introspective film; in the midst of uncertainty, its leads hold on to what they feel is much more true – love, humanity, the simple goal of wanting to go home. The chemistry in the film is much too real – Andrew and Samantha are played by a real-life couple – and it works well with what the message it wants to present. But I still don’t believe that in case of an alien takeover, all you need is love. I can’t eat love or use it as a shield when aliens blast at me!

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