Welcome to “Under the Radar”, another excuse I’ve made to write about movies which are no longer in the theatre! I’m sure you’re all as excited as I am. In this series, I’ll focus on movies which seem to have fallen between the cracks unjustly. Not a big release, not enough buzz… what ever it is, in my opinion, these flicks seem to be flying “Under the Radar”.
Monsters is a 2010 film set in a world in which aliens have begun to propagate on earth. Years after a satellite collecting space samples crashes, alien life flourishes in Mexico. The rest of the world has walled off the greater part of the country, now referring to it as “The Infected Zone”. When an american tourist and a photo journalist need to make it back into America and have no way to go but through the zone, the two enter the isolated area, accompanied by a small military escort. They hope to make it through “The Zone” on the ground.
Fans of monster movies should DEFINITELY see this flick, because I think it takes what begins as a standard genre film and then subverts it, eventually coming to a place that you completely do not expect. I love it when films do that. And this film did it well. People who aren’t that fond should watch anyways, because this is a movie that offers more than your typical “Slowly reveal the monster(s) while we kill off supporting players during action set pieces, resolved by a large-scale action finale where the monster(s) is (are) in full effect” formula.
I found it to be engrossing and original and I definitely need to grab it on blu ray.
A-, I think. Need to see it again, but I’m looking forward to it. Now on Netflix Watch Instantly!! (Where it has 5 solid stars)