2 hours you won't get back, shocking.
An American platoon stationed in the Middle East is thrust into battle with a new breed of aliens in this epic sequel to Gareth Edwards’ (Godzilla) cult sci-fi hit, Monsters.
One of the strangest films I’ve seen. The “monsters” are in it, but they’re background. They play NO part in the plot, which is a low-budget Saving Private Ryan affair set in the Middle East. I can only imagine a half-decent script about war was then updated to included some monsters and sold as a sequel. On the plus side, Jonny Harris is great as the captain turning into a human monster (unfortunately, not in a John Carpenter way; only figuratively). On the down side, the aliens are so superfluous, it’s a con to sell it as a sequel. I couldn’t help feeling what a HUGE missed opportunity this was to make it into an Aliens-type soldiers-vs-monsters-in-an-alien-land movie. Instead, it is three-star worthy war movie, with good performances, with some lumbering aliens shifting along in the background. Weird.
Slow, long, boring and utterly pointless.
I had no idea what to expect and was still let down.
This was frankly poor.
If your a SCFI fan you’ll be disappointed. The monsters play no part or relevance in this film. They are just there for a poor excuse to put some CGI in to a film that has zero content. It's lame attempt to explore the darker side of war was dull and un interesting and barley thought provoking. It fails to be a good war movie and or a half decent SCFI movie.
If you liked the first film this has a similar feel and is very well made with excellent production values. Probably not the monster movie most would expect but the sense of realism is deep. Open ended like the first movie but not quite the sense of trepidation as before. A bit heavy on the military them for me but all in all a worthwhile film if you like them thought provoking.
Well, someone must have lost a packet of cash on this, its has to be said complete pile of sh.1.t.
With a Chris Kyle look a likeee, and some other actors, I managed to keep it playing for 50 minutes, but only because I was checking E-bay, for champagne coolers, then I had to fast forward !
The best thing you can say about this movie is the logos’ quite good! This should be part of a degree course, for aspiring filmmakers, producers etc, on what not to do when making a movie. Someone should be sued!
Doesn’t quite match the magic of the first low budget “Monsters”, but boldly uses the landscape of the Middle East to portray a group of gung-ho US soldiers, chasing “monsters” around a foreign country where they do not understand the repercussions of their actions.
The “Deer Hunter” structure is used, but the volunteer rookies are portrayed as a group of Detroit thugs who it is hard to have sympathy for, until the compassionate realisations of the final scenes.
Not the military action movie that the trailer would have you believe, but something that has a deeper resonance. Also, surround sound heaven, with helicopters, monsters behind you, richocheting gunshots.
Only loosely connected to the first movie in that the monsters were the same. Set in the Middle East as opposed to Mexico in the first movie. First half of the film is more like the USA fighting Muslim insurgents as per the scene in the movie where there Humvee gets hit by an IED. This part of the movie has some reasonable action and good scenes. However, for me, it beings to drag on as the gist of the plot the find the lost 4 men from another mission becomes somewhat vague. It begins to get a bit mystical and then the sergeant has a bit of PTSD after keeping it all together and shoots one of the locals after finding the dead 4 men he was searching for. In terms of the cinematography it was fine but the story just seemed to meander and the continuity of the film got lost as the Monsters were nothing more than background moving scenery in only a few parts. If the film had more interaction with the smaller monsters or a few ground battles with the Elephant monsters, it may have made a better movie. Just ended feeling underwhelmed after watching it.
I am normally very tolerating and will happily be generous about most films but this was total pants
I rather enjoyed this film. Agreed, the beginning is a rather crass portrayal of American military gung ho-ism, but as the story develops I felt it matured and shattered that naive gung ho attitude and develops the themes of the futility of violence and the question of who the real monsters actually are. In particular the violence that generates in us when we feel we are not in control of a situation. There indeed is the true monster.
As from a quote in the film, along the lines of "look on and feel the helplessness". There is nothing you can do but accept. that's life.
I enjoyed the first 'Monsters' film, viewing it as a love story. I initially rented this because of the bad reviews but I'm now going to buy it.
What?!? This is nothing like the first film, just your average military vs monster film (*yawn*). What a missed opportunity.
The real, and first, Monsters, was wonderful. This is NOT!
Pretty shocking! And not in a good way...
I cannot remember the last time I have written a review for a fim if ever but this film is one of the worst I have ever seen.
1 human vs monster battle and it just stands there and lets itself get killed, 1 airstrike against some monsters and that is all you get with the battles against them, the rest of the time you just see them either walking or running around or only hear them, and the ending with the last monster you see, you don't even get to see it fully emerge out of the ground, what the hell kind of ending is that, is it a cliffhanger to a second load of tripe, hopefully not.
10% or less of the the film has the monsters in it the rest, just some unknown actors they probably just pulled of the street to fill in the roles, if they where known actors/actresses they would be hiding away from the public eye for quite some time after seeing this.
I have wasted my money so now you don't have to, avoid like the plague.
If you have to see what it's about out of curiosity then just rent it, or if you go one worse and purchase it like I was stupid enough to do so the remember these words, YOU WERE WARNED, and if you do purchase it fully then, well what can I say, oh yeah!, TOLD YOU SO.
Ok more American propaganda really ! Good B movie though