Last night I got to go watch a preview of the new film [“Monsters”] courtesy of a friend giving me a ticket she won via [FFWD] (thanks all round!). Simply, wow. I was very impressed, my expectations were quite low, the concept sounded interesting though: “Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border”.
I was very afraid a good idea would have been spoiled by bad execution. This was not a problem. The film was put together really well, especially given the tiny budget of $15,000. They didn’t use cheesy special effects just nice little things, such as playing low resolution TV reports instead of going into the action (and also had some cool effects too). This actually meant you get to “feel” the characters better. Some sci-fi fans might be disappointed (especially if you are expecting a gun tooting film) and I heard one or two in the audience say quite loudly “I can’t believe I just watched a romance”. I’d say that it was what sci-fi was supposed to be (well what I like anyway ). There was something more to it and I loved the parallels with the US/Mexico border issues now.. but add some real aliens in there, not just the illegal kind.
There was thing I noticed as strange the space-craft they showed was taking off not breaking up… oh well, mistakes happen.
In short I came out thinking this was a bit of Cloverfield meets District 9, but that would be wrong – some links could easily be made to both. The monsters have the Cloverfield sort of feel about them. Comparisons with District 9 are more obvious, especially the social issues being explored through alien interaction.
Overall this is probably the best sci-fi movie over seen in quite a while.