Monsters: Dark Continent Movie Review
The direct-to-DVD sequel to the mesmerizingly tranquil film Monsters—which put director Gareth Edwards on track to make the latest Godzilla movie—has a new filmmaking team, new cast and a presumably larger budget. It’s also exactly what you would expect it to be: not very good.
The first Monsters movie likely disappointed some people because it really didn’t show a lot of monsters—nor was it even really a monster movie. While it was technically horror, Edwards used his miniscule budget sparingly, and treated his creatures as less of an aggressive threat and more as an invasive species that just happen to be spreading in a place formerly occupied by humans. In fact, if anything, the film was more of a romantic drama set amongst a world inhabited by monsters than anything else.
Monsters: Dark Continent expands on the world Edwards brought to life, and now has the monsters scattered throughout the world. Unfortunately, new director and co-writer Tom Green attempts to adopt the same tone as the original while doing something completely different.
The experiment fails.
Set in the Middle East, Monsters: Dark Continent follows a couple of uninteresting soldiers who spend more time fighting insurgents, or each other, than monsters. You would think that the presence of monsters everywhere would bring the world together a bit more, no? You get the sense there is a political message here, but if there is, it didn’t click with me.
While boasting perfectly fine visual effects and some nice scenery, the movie is so boring at times that I actually had to turn it off twice, and then fast forward a bit to get to something interesting (the end credits… so I then rewound to watch the dull climax).
There’s not much more that needs to be said. Boring, aimless and utterly pointless, Monsters: Dark World is a place best left unvisited.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.