Having started as a production designer on The Power Rangers, the now director Gareth Edward’s, clearly intends on becoming a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. Since blowing up the scene back in 2010 with his meditative take on the alien invasion story “Monsters“, the young auteur has done a mind blowing documentary “In the shadow of the moon” and is currently working on the re-imagined Godzilla film starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. With all that going on, he’s never forgotten the film that started it all and has begun production on the sequel to Monsters, Monsters: The Dark Continent. Principal photography has already begun in Jordan and stars Joe Dempsie (skins) and Johnny Harris (Snow White and The Huntsman). Unlike the first film, Gareth will not be directing, given his current work load, but instead will act as executive producer. The job of director has been given to the talented Tom Green (Misfits). Here’s the official synopsis of the film:
Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won. Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out. But when Noah’s unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company – the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill. The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young local woman to guide them. By the time the three of them reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.
My opinion of the first film, strangely enough, will rely heavily on the second. Monsters was unlike any alien invasion film I had ever seen. It was quiet, but had an impact. It always seemed groomed for a trilogy, so it’ll be interesting to see what these two artist will bring to the table. Did I like the first film?… yes, but I didn’t love it. It was very imaginative and original, but I think I was still coming down from the high of films like District 9, so Monsters was like watching District 9 on Zanex. You know you can always count on us to get you that exclusive trailer if and when it debuts.