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Film Review: Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)
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Monsters: Dark Continent (2014). Written by Jay Basu and directed by Tom Green. The film is set in the same alternate universe of the previous film, where aliens have invaded Earth and are slowly taking over the planet. Set initially in Detroit, the story centres around Michael Parkes (Sam Keeley) who signs up to the army in a world that has little else in the way of opportunities. He joins his friends and is shipped out to the Middle East to fight the aliens. I feel similarly about Monsters: Dark Continent as I felt about the first film, again it's a rather rambling and confusing story. Also similar to the first film it's set against this odd alien invasion, where the very primitive aliens are grinding humanity down with their sheer size and numbers, rather than a technological superiority. In some ways that feels more real, and I like the film for that background element. Other positives include some very good cinematography and special effects, good acting, and a competent score. The action set pieces, which are essentially fighting between soldiers, was done well I thought. Those expecting an epic film of humanity versus aliens though should beware, as this is very much a story of a dwindling handful of people with aliens as the backdrop. The core story, set through the eyes of the soldier, is tortuously slow at times, and despite incidents along the way ultimately I didn't feel like it went anywhere. That is the fundamental problem with the film, more so than the first film even. Overall it just about scraped entertaining due to the trade off of the various aspects. Recommended for fans of original science fiction but watch the original film first. 3/5 (Average)
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