Monsters: Dark Continent. A drunk review
A regular visitor to this site informed me that he had started to watch this, but not finished it. He then told me he’d voted for it. I was tempted to block his IP.
Anyway, I have some nice new wine glasses I had for Christmas. Proper ones, not the little one I had been drinking from, so here goes.
Don’t remember too much about the original Monsters. I remember it being well received and I remember the scene at the end with the pylons.
Black screen. Gravelly voiceover. It’s Lego Batman!
Apparently the monsters have been stomping on cities in the Middle East (of course! The Dark Continent, which is… Africa). Anyway, the monsters have been stomping the cities, so the Americans have been bombing them, which has also been blowing up the cities, so the local people have been killing Americans, so the Americans have been killing them back. If you read my review of Bright, you’ll seen reference to heavy handed metaphor. This makes that as impenetrable as a Tarkovsky film (that’s just a reminder to you all that I do like good films, so you can vote for something decent too).
The bearded sergeant is actually a very good actor. First saw him in The Fades. He was absolutely fantastic in this is England. The main actor is doing a lot of nostril acting.
Getting some buddy-buddy scenes here. They watch each other having sex, are there at each other’s children’s birth.
Bit disappointed. Said it was written by Tom Green, but it’s nowhere near as funny as Freddie Got Fingered.
Oh. A group drug and sex scene. How pathetic and unnecessary. Seriously, you’ve just told me the film is aimed at adolescents, so any ham fisted political message is gone now. And that shot of the main character looking all thoughtful at the monsters being bombed? You’ve just given us a sort of cinematic shorthand message that he’s shallow (I fully appreciate that service people need to blow off steam before going away, but that’s not what you’ve told us in the previous scene). More binding scenes. This is just a film about testosterone.
Wobbly camera work. SO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE THERE. Is there a machine that makes the camera wobble. It’s so artificial.
Can any American readers tell me… Do these accents sound as bad to you as they do me?
What’s the monsters motivation?
That soldier just took a picture that’s going to be used somewhere near the end. Credits maybe (sober edit. It wasn’t).
This is the worst planner ambush ever. Surely you’d make sure you had men either side, not just on one. Also, if there’s an extraction mission like this, wouldn’t they have air support ready? I could well be wrong on both counts. I’m not well versed on air support times.
I don’t think there’s much of a bigger picture in the film – it’s more of a human drama, only we’ve not been given much of a reason to care about the characters. It’s easier to empathise with the monsters.
This film could have been seriously compacted.
Why’s there a school bus (with apparently no driver) in the middle of the desert? And are school buses yellow to stop Americans bombing them? Yeah, I went there because I saw the original Wikileaks recording.
NOW WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? Is that the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword?
Is there a plot hidden somewhere in this?
I think we’re meant to see blokey from This is England (again, he was awesome in that. Utterly vile) as a Colonel Kurtz type, but he’s just a realist. He didn’t want to kill that child. He just wanted to spare him pain. That a miracle saved him doesn’t mean he was making the wrong decision. In fact, he was being very brave.
There’s so much filler in this. Shots that serve no purpose. Gives me time to write though. Remember Three Kings? I think that has everything this film wanted to be. The monster design is pretty good (I just had my mother saying “now say something nice” in my head. My usual answer would be “They’ll die eventually”).
Why is US Army insignia velcroed on? Never got that. Comments if you know, cheers.
How did they find their way to the objective?
That local’s blood was blue. He had his brains blown out and the blood was blue. If your whole film is based around all humans being the same, that’s a pretty bad mistake.
I don’t think the monsters actually serve any purpose. They looked cool, but that was it.
This film isn’t just ham fisted. It’s sausage fingered and bacon palmed. And thankfully it’s over.