A couple of years back, director Gareth Edwards made a name for himself with a low budget yet fresh flick by the name of Monsters. It was a tense movie, and was no doubt key to his success when landing the coveted job of directing the Godzilla reboot. Naturally, a sequel was drawn up after the original film made some decent coin, but don’t expect this one to be carefully orchestrated chills and thrills. It’s time for some hoo-rah action, baby.
Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won. Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out. But when Noah’s unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company – the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill. The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young local woman to guide them. By the time the three of them reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.
I’m kind of digging it. While this looks like your typical US army action that will most likely result in action scenes filmed by a cameraman with the shakes, this film looks like it’s going to be doing some decent world-building. And that’s something that I enjoy seeing in movies.
Monsters: Dark Continent releases in the UK on November 28, with Tom “Misfits” Green directing.
Last Updated: September 3, 2014