- 27 August 2013
- By John Howell
Monsters: Dark Continent is the sequel to first time director Gareth Edwards' brilliant alien invasion story, Monsters, released in 2010. You can read our Monsters review here. This time round Edwards has handed over writing and directing duties to first time director Tom Green and writer Jay Basu as he is busy working on a big budget Godzilla remake (I would have preferred to see him direct Monsters 2 instead - how many Godzillas do we need?).
The original Monsters tells the story of extraterrestrial life forms quarantined in one half of the US. A wall has been constructed along the American border to keep them out, while the Mexican army and civilians battle the infestation in a quarantined zone. The alien creatures appeared after a deep space NASA probe crash landed in Mexico. Andrew, a young American photojournalist working in Mexico, is hired by his wealthy employer to get the employer's daughter, Samantha, back to the US. Ostensibly an alien invasion story, it was actually a love story and a great deal more. Completed on a shoestring budget, the original film was hypnotic, intriguing and visually stunning.
Can the sequel match or surpass the original? Very few do.
In contrast, the sequel possesses a military viewpoint, set this time in a US dominated Middle-east. A haunted soldier in Jordan is sent on a mission to kill an American soldier who has gone rogue deep inside the infected zone (sounds a bit like Apocalypse Now).
The new movie stars Johnny Harris (Welcome To The Punch), Sam Keeley (What Richard Did) and Joe Dempsie (Game Of Thrones). Dempsie played Gendry, the blacksmith's apprentice.
Read the official synopsis below. You can also watch a short, although not particularly revealing, teaser trailer too.
Monsters 2: Dark Continent is scheduled to burst out of the quarantine zone sometime in 2014.
What do you think?
"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."
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