Monday, December 06, 2010

Maudlin ‘Monsters’

Not a typical sci fi-alien invasion flick, “Monsters” focuses on two Americans (Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy) trying to get home by traversing an area in Mexico inhabited by giant tentacled extraterrestrials. The stranded aliens-on-earth scenario initially reminds one of last year’s science fiction-actioner “District 9,” but the similarities end there. “Monsters” is very simple; it may frustrate those expecting more traditional man versus monster situations. The human drama involves but feels forced sometimes; the alien creatures make their presence felt a few times, but it really is about two different people who come to important realizations while trying to survive together.

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