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The Trailer for the Sequel to Gareth Edwards's 'Monsters' Forgets Everything That Made The First One Great

By TK Burton | Trailers | September 5, 2014 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | September 5, 2014 |

I unabashedly adored 2010’s microbudget sci-fi flick, Monsters. Not only was it beautiful to look at, but its quiet, contemplative nature as a revelatory change from the conventional monster movie. The giant aliens were rarely seen, gentle creatures whose size and strength and otherworldly eeriness made them both wonderful and terrifying. They weren’t hostile, per se, but merely lost and confused and very, very dangerous. It really is a great little flick, and you should watch it.

The trailer for the sequel (directed by Tom Green instead of Edwards) is the exact opposite. It’s loud and brash and action movie-ish, abandoning every bit of subtlety and nuance that the first one had. It’s filled with meatheaded dudebros determined to shoot as many bullets as possible. And while I wasn’t expecting too much from a sequel, I was expecting better than this.

I’ll watch it, out of the hope that this is simply bad marketing. But it doesn’t feel like that. It feels like bad film making.

Here’s the trailer, via Kotaku.

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