|Cast: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able|
Director(s): Gareth Edwards
Genre: Science Fiction
WARNING: Don't let the title fool you, there are few monsters in the film. The bulk of the movie is essentially about the two humans trying to make it through an alien-infested infected zone between Mexico and the States. It requires some patience and doesn't pander to the shoot-up-the-aliens crowd. The difference between this film and, say, the crapfest that was Cloverfield, is that at least the two main characters aren't annoying twits. It takes a very long time for things to get going, and the tension is drawn out very slowly, but it does hang there at times, keeping you on your toes. There are similarities for sure to the recent District 9 (a far better film), but only in theme, not presentation or pacing.
There really isn't a payoff until the final 5 minutes, so it's a long wait, and it's not what you'd expect, but it harkens back to the first few minutes of the film in a nice tie-around that ultimately made it worthwhile for me. I might've lost patience with a lesser film.
That being said, I could see many people finding this film boring and plodding, but it offered a different, and probably more realistic take (given the plot of aliens inhabiting Mexico, that is) than most films would. And of course, there's no denying the blatant references to Homeland Security and illegal aliens, a sign of the times, I suppose.
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