DVD Review: Monsters Dark Continent
Despite not being helmed by Gareth Edwards, this apparent sequel to the 2010 surprise cult hit, looked like it would be nothing more than a fun action film based in the Monsters world. I could live with a fun action film, but that’s not what Dark Continent turned out to be.
The film focuses on one member of an American platoon stationed in the Middle East, who have to deal with both the growing menace of the alien monsters, plus a local population that don’t want them there. It’s his first tour of duty and his first time seeing the big monsters up close. He’s station with his best mate, both of who joined up to fight because there was nothing better to do.
The film kicks off in an unexpected way, introducing the viewer to the new recruits, these gang banger wannabes, and there already gung-ho lifestyle. Of course when the shit gets real in the Middle East, the job isn’t as glamorous as they first imagined.
The best thing about Monsters Dark Continent is the actual monsters. They look good, and their presence is felt. But the problem is that the film really isn’t about the monsters, and it’s certainly not a fun action film. The monsters are only really there to get you interested in the film, and to mirror the films political narrative about the role of US troops in the Middle East.
But even then the film fails to produce anything even remotely original, and has a narrative that is all over the place, like a schizophrenic ADHD child. It was almost too painful to watch, and is pretty much flipping the bird to Edwards original masterpiece.