Plot: Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after new life forms began to appear there and half of Mexico was quarantined. Today, the American and Mexican military struggle to contain these alien creatures. In particular, here, we focus on a US journalist who agrees to escort a shaken tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.
My Thoughts: Well I love monster movies, along with alien movies, to an extent of course. This movie, it was different. It had
something not all of them usually do like a heart to it, enhancing our knowledge of the characters and not so much the monsters as movies usually do. It had the perfect amount of character development and having them learn lessons along the way. The love story in this movie is sort of redundant and the same thing is seen in so many other movies. Thats beside the point though because this movie was not meant to be a love story, it at its heart and core was a monster movie.
The monsters were indeed terrifying as you would imagine, they would make a little subtle sound in the forest, or sneak up on you when you least expected it. The movie was also very smart to, how the monsters were able to learn from us, it all sounded very intelligent when they talked about it, so the script writer gets an A+ from me of course.
Something else I would give an A+ to in this movie was how the creatures were showed. You never really saw them in the daytime, only at night, adding a little bit of extra suspense and edge of your seat to it. Though this may disappoint some fan boys of monster movies, I felt that how they showed and portrayed the monsters because they showed that even though they are very different, we are in fact similar in different ways because they are just trying to survive because we see one scene where we believe they are reproducing.
The movie was all about these two people, one a daughter of a very wealthy man, and then a man who is down in the area to photograph the atrocities in the area hoping to capitalize on them. You grow to hate the leading male because he is very selfish and self centered and then like in so many movies before, the man changes into a compassionate man.
There is one scene in this movie that really stands out to me, because it was very symbolic, he found exactly what he wanted, but when he did, he didn’t like the outcome. He finds this child, killed by the monsters were led to believe, it tugs at your heart strings because she is dead on the ground with a little flower in her hand. Something the filming crew that was extremely recognizable was that they never actually showed this child, the child was always blurred out or something was blocking your view of this poor helpless child.
I rate this movie a 4.3 out of 5. It had what I was hoping for, but I do wish they would of expanded the plot line with the monsters a little bit more.