DIRECTOR: Gareth Edwards
NOT A PART OF OUR COLLECTION
May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? YES
Made on a shoe-string, this $500,000 gorilla styled production has raised the bar of British indie cinema to a whole new level. A couple of weeks ago I sat down and watched G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, a 2009 blockbuster and the effects in this, supposedly made on director Gareth Edwards’ laptop, which is erroneous by the way, were superior in every major respect and ye G.I. Joe’ budget was at least 20 times more!
But this film has been made famous by the effects issue and a fair point it is, but there’s much more here than just that. This is a film made by a small crew for a micro budget which is about something though in the traditions of the genre, its narrative is simple and emotional and character issues are at the forefront. But it’s not just that, it’s the mark of a good film-maker to make the best out of what they have and tell the story in a seemingly uncompromised way, and Edwards achieves this here, brilliantly.
The simple story, a road movie with a young couple, one a photographer and the other, his bosses daughter, making their way across Mexico, half of which is now a quarantine zone for the extra-terrestrial life which crashed to earth six years earlier onboard a NASA probe, is presented with an engrossing sense of their troubled environment. Touching on issues of the morality of war photography and the means necessarily to survive a journey through hostile territories, Monsters is a solid independent film, which could very easily be mistaken for a big budget hollywood movie.
Forget about the unbridled success of films such as Paranormal Activity, this is the sort of film that young film makers should be making for no money. Real innovative cinema and this gem will hopefully stand the test of time and find a real and solid audience to put this the big leagues of Science fiction cinema, along side films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and maybe other genre definers like George Romero’s, Night Of The Living Dead, though no literal comparison is meant there.
I hope to see and hear a lot more from Gareth Edwards in the future as he joins and ever-growing list of rising young British directorial talent in recent years…