Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

The original "Monsters" was something special, not only was it a marvel due to how it was made on a small budget but it was a movie which had a brilliant atmosphere which made it work. Sadly this sequel is lacking in that department and that comes more from trying to expand on the original premise, give it more characters and a different sort of story. Yes there is that low budget, almost observational style going on but it doesn't feel right. In fact this movie becomes depressingly boring with a storyline which basically sees the US against the East.

The thing is that "Monsters: Dark Continent" has some nice effect work and decent action and if that alone made a movie it would be passable. But unfortunately everything such as an interesting story, characters with depth and a sense of atmosphere is severely lacking which makes this sequel a slog and seriously inferior to the original. Am I surprised, to be honest no as Gareth Edwards who wrote, produced and directed the original has gone on to bigger and compared to this better things and so is only an executive producer on this sequel.

What this all boils down to is that "Monsters: Dark Continent" was a disappointment for me as it lacked so much of what made the original "Monsters" such an entertaining and impressive movie, As such if you enjoyed the original I have to say give this follow up a miss.

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