12. MONSTERS (2010)
I went into this knowing next to nothing. It sat in my Netflix queue for more than a year before I decided to watch it. The product wasn’t what I expected, but I kinda liked that.
In the vein of District 9, this film spends a considerable amount of time setting up the locale and the characters. The creatures have invaded Mexico and the entire country is basically considered a Quarantine Zone. Our characters have to pass through the zone to get to the U.S.
Since the budget’s modest, you see the creatures through sleight of hand. The appearances are spread out, thankfully. Our two main characters are developed just enough for us to care about them when things get hairy. (Can’t say the same for Battle: Los Angeles. Man, that was shitty.)
Not bad. Just don’t expect something as crazy as District 9 or Attack the Block.
** 1/2 out of ****
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