In Review: Monsters: Dark Continent (DVD/Blu Ray UK Release)

Ten Years after the events of 'Monsters' , the infected zones have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has began.

Synopsis: Ten Years after the events of ‘Monsters’ , the infected zones have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has began. At the same time there has been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decides to drag in more members to help deal with the insurgency.

After a NASA deep space probe crash landed in Mexico, menacing extra terrestrial life forms emerged. Now, so called ‘Infected Zones’ have spread around the world. With humanity in retreat in many parts of the world, the US is moving to protect its overseas interests. Giant, terrifying sand bugs infest the Arabian Desert, so troops have been sent in to firebomb the creatures, carting their bodies away on giant trucks to be incinerated. In this hostile environment, two soldiers are sent on a high – risk rescue mission.

Review: I never got to see the first film of this series, but given the amount of story that is given to you on the packaging its perfectly fine to jump in.

Much of what we learn is via narration coming from one of the soldiers who is giving us his first hand account of what is happening. We first hook up with him in Chicago before he is shipped off to Middle East.

The film itself is done in a found footage style similar to ‘Cloverfield’ and films of that type, which admittedly isn’t my thing and sadly this film does little to change my mind about this, but its not the fault of the actors, story or director. Its more a personal taste thing.

The acting performances are top notch. And the film does a fantastic job of showing the horrors of war and the action is visceral.

In scene towards the end of the film our rookie solider is starting to care for a group of villagers and he is quickly snapped back into line by his grizzled senior officer who has completed eight tours. The officer says something along the lines of you are not here to think you are here to follow orders and get the job done. This was perhaps the most telling scene of the film because it showed us one soldier who was so battle weary he had lost his sense of empathy toward other human beings. While the new recruit was pretty much questioning the morality of some of the things he was being asked to do.

The actual monsters in the film are not exactly the most terrifying thing you will see at first glance, but what they can do in terms of their speed and agility is pretty terrifying. The CGI for these creatures is pretty damn good when you consider that this film probably didn’t have the budget of some of your blockbuster films, but that said many of the monster shots were a little in the distance so you never really get to see them up close, which I think kind of added to the tension of the film.

Another thing that added to the films tension was the fact that there was very little in the way of a soundtrack. Your literally dropped right into the story and action as it all unfolds. If this were made in 3D I think most people would be a bag of nerves by the end. There is barely a moment to breath.

Given that this is Tom Greens directorial big break. I’d very much like to see what he can do with a more traditional style of film. Because amid the spectacle of the film are some highly charged dramatic scenes that really draw you in. Which can only be down to a combination of solid directing and good acting.

The film itself is a very raw affair. It does not pull punches.

‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ will release in all stores on DVD and Blu Ray from August 31.

8.6
Dark Continent (DVD/Blu Ray UK Release)
  • Strong Acting and Directing
  • Found Footage style of film is not everyones cup of tea.
  • Story
    8.5
  • Acting
    8.5
  • Directing
    9.5
  • Visual FX
    8.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth.

In the past few years he has written for ‘Star Trek’ Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com

When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics.

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