R, 97 min.
Directed By: Gareth Edwards
Written By: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Scoot McNairy, Whiteney Able
Six years after NASA discovered the possibility of extraterrestrial life within our solar system, a space probe crashes in the atmosphere, lands in Central America, and starts the spread of alien life on earth. In an attempt to keep these “creatures” contained, the government quarantines half of Mexico referring to it as “The Infected Zone.”
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
The story follows journalist Andrew Kaulder (Scoot McNairy) who goes on a rescue mission to bring American tourist Samantha Wynden (Whitney Able) back across U.S. borders to safety.
This isn’t a creature fest. In fact, you will rarely see these “creatures” at all for most of the film. We see glimpses of them in very unexpected places, but they stay mostly hidden. This might turn fans of the genre away, but if you give this one a chance, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised.
The one time when you get to see these creatures for any extended length of time is at the end, and it’s done in spectacular fashion. You will be in awe.
“Monsters” was made on an extremely small budget and went mostly unnoticed during its release. However, you can check it out on DVD and Blu-ray. It was also just added to the Netflix streaming catalog, so be sure to check it out.