There are few movies I’m more excited for than Gareth Edwards’ Monsters. Allegedly made for a mere $15,000, it’s got a District 9-esque buzz going for it. The word is that it’s a character driven sci-fi film with a brilliant story and effects that look way more impressive than their budget would indicate.
Slashfilm has the following synopsis:
Shot with just a five person crew and a cast of two, Gareth Edwards’ team traveled through Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, finding and utilizing their locations and supporting actors as they went. The result is a film as cutting edge as it is classically composed, as emotionally satisfying as it is visually stunning, and the bold announcement of a major new talent.
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (Scoot McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his bosses daughter, a shaken American tourist (Whitney Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.
We showed you a brief, but intriguing clip back in March, that successfully caught my attention. The trailer plays up the action aspects of it a bit more, which is a bit of a marketing ploy — from what I hear it’s less kablooey and kablam, and more of a thoughtful picture. That’s OK, if it gets people in the seats. Anyway, here’s the trailer. I will ask this — if you are fortunate to have seen the film already, please do not post spoilers without seriously warning others. Or else I’ll beat you to death.
Monsters will be released on October. All we know about the creatures is that they’re large, dangerous, and tentacled. Octopus-like. Powerful. Godlike? Perhaps.