Gareth Edwards on “Monsters”
October 14, 2010, 12:16 am
Filed under: Film

Gareth Edwards (left) is almost everything behind the new movie Monsters due to release in the US on October 29. Monsters showed earlier this year at South by Southwest and hasn’t stopped drawing excitement as a groundbreaking movie in many respects.

Monsters takes place in Mexico and was filmed on location with two actors, Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able, as two people who have to find a way to the US border in a world infested with dangerous creatures. The unique way with which Edwards creates his world and tells the story of a couple of misplaced Americans is enough to fill the theater in a wide release, but when you consider the conditions that Gareth and his small team made the film in, it becomes even more extraordinary. (Listen to Gareth talk about it in the interview).

The marketing for the film seems to compare Monsters to Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, that’s a bit misleading though. Gareth’s film definitely stands out as a unique movie. I of course can’t claim that Monsters is a brilliant work of original genius (can’t really say it isn’t either), it pulls on concepts that make innovative pieces such as The Mist, 28 Days Later, or District 9 great movies. Still it’s its own thing and it is evident that the movie is motivated by one individual with one vision (although the actors came up with much of their dialogue themselves and it worked very well).

I might just be giddy. It’s very rare that a filmmaker can realize his or her own vision with out having to compromise for their inability to carry out a necessary part of the process. That’s what Gareth has done and he is able to do so because he has mastered his craft to the extent that he knows how. I really think it’s great. Right on Gareth.


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“Monsters” was a case where the “making of” the film was more interesting than the film itself (i.e. the fact that is was made with a micro-budget and yet it looked like a multimillion blockbuster.
Not a bad film, but not one that will get repeated viewings…at least not for me.
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