It cannot be said that, during the brief career of Gareth Edwards, the director and screenwriter has not put his cards on the table. Already in his first film, ‘Monsters‘, which you can see on Prime Video and Filmin, balanced the ingredient of giant monsters with that of an intense drama between a couple of characters on the edge. The monsters returned in ‘Godzilla’ and science fiction, in Rogue One. And now, once again, the fabulous ‘The Creator’ is about to premiere, which combines ships, inhospitable futures and extremely intense drama.
In ‘Monsters’, we go to a very near future, devastated after a NASA probe crashed over Central America and trigger the appearance of monstrous life forms. With the area contained by the military and the population quarantined, a journalist accepts the assignment of taking the daughter of the editor she works for through the prohibited zone.
A $500,000 budget, semi-unknown actors and a technical team of just six people is all Edwards needed to raise a notable $4.24 million and immediately make the leap to the mainstream to film, of course, the reboot of the giant monster most famous in history. And all thanks to the very personal mix of indie drama and bombastic monster movie, which in everything remain in the background of the story, without taking center stage.
Initially Edwards’ film was going to be about the invasion of a giant monster, but the release of ‘Coverfield’ and its use of a found footage style, which he was also going to use, made him reconsider his idea. He then came up with two ideas: set the film in an isolated area of the world in perpetual war against monsters and that these have been on our planet for some time, to the point that they have already become part of the landscape.
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