After all the great reviews this film got I can only assume I'm missing something because it didn't grab me at all. Basically nothing happens throughout the whole movie. Bizzarely it's described as "action packed" on the cover, now even the films admirers will admit one thing it isn't is action packed - weird. Anyway this is slow, boring, dull but if you suffer from insomnia this could do the trick.
I was dissapointed in 'monsters' not a bad film but could have been better, i think not seeing the aliens would have improved the movie greatly, the journey through the jungle just hearing them seeing the destuction they left behind was good but the squid-octopus hybrid was a bit much, i know an alien can be anything your imagination allows but these were just silly. A cephlapod has no skeleton hence they live in water to support their weight, these things were about 100 ft tall and would weigh a thousand tons or more, they would just be a big pile of calamari drying out in the sun, just an observation is all.
Excellent film as long as you're not expecting monsters galore. Vast majority of the film centres around the lead couple and how their relationship develops. The creatures are used sparingly until the end when they simply blow you away, they remind me of the huge monsters that appear towards the end of The Mist but these float on tentacles rather than walk on legs. They look stunning, almost beautiful.
Would like to have seen the couple face more natural dangers, they are travelling through the Mexican wild after all, but apart from being robbed, face no other dangers.
As for the ending, feels like the disc just ran out of room to accommodate it - it just ends !!!
BUT - worth watching just to see those fantastic creatures at the end. Haven't seen the DVD so don't know if the Blu-Ray any improvement or not.
not what anyone expected, and that's exactly what good sci-fi is all about! ignore the sleeve notes (created by the PR types to shift units) this is a true original directed with skill and flair by a very talented british director. the leads are believable and the effects staggering (even more so when you watch the astonishing "making of") easily my favourite film of recent years and truly original. intelligent,beautiful and compelling.