Monsters Making a Big Splash at the L.A. Film Festival
06.17.10 by REELZ
The L.A. Film Festival opened today — running through June 27, but even at this early stage a sleeper movie has already been crowned king of the festival.
Touted as "this year's District 9", Monsters is a different take on the stereotypical "aliens-on-the-loose" tale. Produced by an unknown British writer-director, Gareth Edwards, it's won over the festival's director of programming. LAFF's Doug Jones gushes that this is the must-see movie of the festival.
It's a really small production. He (Edwards) wrote it, directed it, did all the effects for it himself on his computer in his basement. The story is about a space probe that crash landed on the Mexico border with the U.S. and it was carrying spores. Now, six years later there's this huge swath of land that is off limits, it's no man's land because it's infected with giant, neon squid aliens. There's a war photographer, a young guy, who is down in Mexico and is given the task of getting his daughter's boss back up to the States and, for various reasons, they have to go through the infected area. The movie is so smart and intelligent. Instead of making decisions that everyone else would make, Edwards makes surprising choices that are exactly right. What 'Let the Right One In' did for vampire movies, this one does for the 'boy-meets-girl-meets-alien' movie."