I have seen a few movies over the past few weeks, and before I get into my MONSTERS review, I wanted to share some of this with you.
Edwards's first "big-budget" debut was anything but. I loved this movie primarily because of this piece of information: the reported budget for this film was $15,000. $15,000!?! HOW...how is this so. This is a very solid piece of science fiction with a finished, polished product that looks more like a $15,000,000 effort. Now it is being said that $15K is an underestimation, but even if it was $50K, it is still amazing. I love seeing an indie film like this and it gives me hope that some day in the future, I can scrape together enough cash to do something similar.
Now it helped that Edwards is an effects wiz and it is rumored that he did all the visual effects by himself on his laptop. Bravo, sir!
We follow a man who is trying to get his bosses daughter home. They quickly find themselves in a situation where taking the Mexican ferry to the US mainland isn't an option. They have to pay top dollar to hire mercenaries to escort them through the infected zone.
Hijinks's ensue. This is as much a complex relationship film as it is a creature feature. To Edwards credit, perhaps based on the availability of time and funds, the monsters only have a modest amount of screen time. This film is as much about the suspense as it is about the visceral scares. Did he pull a page from Spielberg's JAWS playbook? Perhaps he did, but regardless of how he came to that conclusion in his story telling, it works.
I gave Monsters a 4.5 of 5 horns, mostly because of the unique voice telling this story and the shoestring budget that impressed me with how well they spent their money. Check this out if you can, it should be playing somewhere near you soon.
My to-see list over the next week or so includes: Hereafter, Saw 3-D, Buried, and Due Date. If I can see all those by the end of next weekend, I'll be a HAPPY RHINO.
Till later, take care...