Roundup-monster-thumbstandard-v2 Six years after aliens invaded Earth, a security force maintains tenuous control in the Infected Zone straddling the U.S.-Mexican border. Andrew (Scoot McNairy), a photographer, is documenting this war-torn area when he's interrupted by an unexpected rescue mission. Samantha (Whitney Able), daughter of a media mogul who just happens to be his boss, needs an escort home, and Andrew reluctantly takes on the job.
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“Monsters" is a wondrously atmospheric drama from the young British filmmaker Gareth Edwards. Read the review
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Monsters is part immigration parable, part war allegory with a dose of It Happened One Night and The African Queen tossed in.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
A sharp little low-fi monster movie operating from a tantalizing premise.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
A stunning piece of work that packs a devastating emotional wallop.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
"Monsters" is a rather special achievement. Think of it as a movie that M. Night Shyamalan (and we) would be happy he made.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
The result impresses thanks to the lead actors' performances and Edwards' skilled efforts. But it should come with a warning: ''Here be (not many) monsters.''
Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly  full review
With Monsters, Edwards transcends the special-effects auteur label, creating a memorable sci-fi story in which the hero and heroine are true equals in the adventure. How's that for an alien concept?
Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail  full review
Just remember, folks: If a NASA probe finds alien life forms in space, it's not a good idea to bring DNA samples back to Earth.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
"Monsters" is no ordinary horror film. If it were, it might be a bit better than it is. As the movie stands, it's a less-than-compelling relationship drama, with aliens.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
Monsters is far from perfect, but as a calling card for a rising young talent, it's impressive.
Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News  full review
Monsters wants to be an allegory about American self-absorption or the panic over immigration or something; exactly what is never very clear.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
The immigration and drug war parable and photojournalism ethics are never front and center, but draw attention because Edwards doesn't deliver well-earned frights or even cheap jolts. It's a good-looking movie with zero sense of urgency.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel  full review
Edwards is a wizard with his laptop's effects program. The squiddy things he conjures up look like the real deal - thoroughly creepy and a gazillion feet tall.
What brings Monsters down from its extremely low perch is a conspicuous lack of monstrosity -- the best the filmmaker's laptop has come up with is fleeting glimpses of supersize squid -- together with the vacuousness of the hero and heroine...
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal  full review
Both of them are so obnoxious that you're quickly rooting for the monsters to get them. Unfortunately, they're never in any real danger.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
Effortlessly compels. The ending may be pure sci-fi schmaltz, but it's schmaltz that this viewer, at least, could believe in.
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times  full review
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  • Release Year: 2010
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Available From: Mar 03, 2011
  • Queued by: 12493 people
Directed By
Gareth Edwards
Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy

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