The new Monsters: Dark Continent trailer brings us back to the world we first saw from Gareth Edwards in Monsters.
Four years ago Gareth Edwards made a low budget movie called Monsters. The film focused on two people’s experiences while walking through monster infested territory, which drew the viewer into this new, yet familiar world. Gareth went on to make the revamped 2014 Godzilla movie, but the exploits of the creatures he created in Monsters were left behind. Now with the release of the recent trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, we can return to the world Edwards introduced us to.
Monsters is most famous for its focus on the real world and the effect the alien’s arrival has on the general populace, rather than the creatures themselves. In fact aside from a few, brief shots, we do not really see much of them until the very end of the film. This new movie still takes the elements from the first, but amps up the action. Tom Green is the new director on board (who is most famous for directing episodes of the popular UK show Misfits), with Edwards in a producing role. The synopsis below gives us an insight into the direction this new film is going to take.
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.
The first Monsters movie was basically an emotional road trip film, just with monsters. It seems this film will also follow suit. The theme of exploration is still a big part of this movie and with the added tension of the soldier’s relationship with each other, and the fact they have to kill one of their own, should really help to express the inner tension these characters will no doubt have. Below is the recently released Monsters: Dark Continent trailer, showing us a little snippet of what we can look forward to.
The bleak and slightly dirty camera style of the original is kept in tact, with a lot of the film using toned down colours. The aliens vs. soldiers angle makes you think back to Starship Troopers, but the style and almost documentary feel this trailer has makes comparisons to movies like Jarhead and The Hurt Locker a lot more relevant. The trailer makes sure we get to spend time with the troops, before we are thrust into the monster action with them. The creatures are still all tentacles, and come across like a mix of the best H.P.Lovecraft literature has to offer and the Graboids from Tremors. The few stills that have come out showing the creatures also give that impression.
They seem a lot more aggressive in this film, but is this because the soldiers fired first or just because they are not pleasant creatures? No doubt the film will cover more of this on its release. Though the trailer is more action packed, I would not be surprised to see a slower tone as the film progresses, with random acts of monster (and possibly human) violence throughout the way to add to the tense situation.
Though no month has been confirmed for release, we do know that it will hit theaters this year, so there is not too long a wait to find out how Tom Green’s new take on Gareth Edwards established universe will pan out.
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