Looking back, I fondly remember my first run in with Gamera, Godzilla and King Kong. I’d seen most of the films as a child, and, being easily influenced, I took every plot hole and meandering story line with a grain of salt. Then, I saw Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys back in the early 2000′s. It was less than stellar, and the aberrant school girl/giant monster tentacle love scene scarred me even deeper than when Schumacher decided to put pasties on Batman.
Suffice it to say, I set aside the “giant monster” genre indefinitely. Then, in 2008, Cloverfield came along. It was underwhelming to say the least. As far as I was concerned, I made a wise choice to swear off giant monster films, but also a poor choice to allow J.J. Abrams to siphon $11.50 outta my pocket. Actually, it was my little brother’s pocket. So, really, Abrams took a total of $23 from my brother. That’s something I can’t abide.
I kinda liked Star Trek, though…
Now, two years later, I’m lowering my guard once again. Monsters, Gareth Edwards‘ theatrical debut, looks to be an amalgam of The Road, District 9 and (for better or worse) Cloverfield. After a NASA probe crash lands in someones back yard down near the Mexican border, it’s discovered that some alien organisms hitched a ride. As they spread and threaten life as we know it, we follow two protagonists through conflict torn America as they’re assailed by said alien adversary. It sounds awfully ho-hum but, despite the purported “micro-budget”, it looks to have some excellent production value. That, and I’m certain Monsters won’t have an underlying message of how much I, as an American consumer, pollute the environment and sully the beauty of nature with my excessive expenditure of natural resources.
The last thing I need to feel as I watch a Hollywood blockbuster is guilt, thanks Abrams. That’s especially true if my younger sibling is unwillingly (unknowingly?) picking up the tab. Here’s to you, little brother!
Monsters will see a U.S. release on Halloween 2010.
Anyone else swear off genres or directors, or am I just that neurotic? Lemme know, at least so I may feel less forlorn.
Trailer and clip below…