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Stars: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Sofia Boutella, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock, Parker Sawyers, Michaela Coel, Rajinikanth, Jesse Nagy | Written by Tom Green, Jay Basu | Directed by Tom Green
Back in 2010, the Mayhem Festival hosted a screening of Gareth Edwards’ micro budget debut Monsters. Edwards was in attendance and took part in both a Q&A, and held a “masterclass” session in which he discussed the approach he’d taken to creating such an ambitious picture on such a low budget. It was a fascinating insight, and a privilege to listen to such an energetic, enthusiastic young director. Flash forward to 2014, and things are looking very different for that young director. He’s already released his updated Godzilla – a film which shares a significant amount of DNA with Monsters – and is moving on to both a Godzilla sequel, and an as yet untitled Star Wars spin off feature. Not bad at all. »
- Dan Woolstencroft
Gareth Edwards’ 2010 film Monsters presents a refreshingly subtle allegory via the slow-building romance of two developing characters amid gorgeous cinematography and a world with a growing extraterrestrial population. Edwards went the Godzilla route for his follow-up and passed the sequel torch to first-time film director Tom Green for Monsters: Dark Continent. Green frustratingly takes Dark Continent in a grandiose political direction resulting in a film that lacks nuance and the specifics to back it up. Ten years after Monsters, the Middle East had become the new “infected zone” in need of some good ‘ole American intervention. The United States has been dropping bombs on the worst of the infected region in an attempt to eradicate the creatures unsurprisingly killing innocent civilians in the process. This logically makes the locals hate Americans even more, and the ongoing war in the Middle East now has a whole new level of tension. Hometown boys turned rugged soldiers, Michael »
- Emily Estep
Produced on a shoestring budget with prosumer camera gear and bedroom-made digital effects, Monsters was a minor miracle of a film. Its director Gareth Edwards is now in charge of the Godzilla franchise and working on a Star Wars spinoff, and it's easy to see why when you look back at his 2010 breakthrough. Focusing on two lost souls wandering through Central America's infected zone after an alien invasion, it juxtaposed an intimate human story with bigger sci-fi ambition. Terrence Malick meets monsters from outer space.
Unfortunately, all this subtlety goes out the window for sequel Monsters: Dark Continent, which chooses to make war not love. Edwards remains as executive producer, but directing chores are handed over to Misfits helmer Tom Green, who co-writes with Jay Basu. »
Four years after Gareth Edwards exploded onto the sci-fi scene with his inventive and industrious indie alien invasion flick Monsters, first-time director Tom Green delivers a sequel that bears little resemblance to the original, in tone, content or invention.Reportedly set 10 years after the events of the first film, Monsters: Dark Continent introduces us to a tight-knit unit of Us Army recruits, headed to the Middle East to continue an unspecified conflict. Parkes (Sam Keeley) and his buddies ship out for their first tour, only to be greeted by Staff Sergeant Frater (Johnny Harris), a shredded and shellshocked commanding officer barely clinging to his sanity.Inevitably, the unit's largely irrelevant mission goes awry, and Parkes, Frater and the dwindling number of surviving teammates must successfully traverse...
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The slippery, multi-tentacled creatures seen in Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” have adapted to Earth’s harshest environments, migrating from their Central American infected zone to other parts of the planet in “Monsters: Dark Continent.” Not so much a sequel as another stultifying character drama set in a world overrun by aliens, this 10-years-later spinoff switches directors and genres, as first-timer Tom Green (building on experience from British TV’s “Misfits” and “Blackout”) helms a taxingly over-earnest war movie set in an unspecified Middle Eastern country, where American soldiers deal with insurgents while the menacing MTRs (as they’re now called) lumber about in the background.
Though the human characters from “Monsters” are long gone and only a modified version of the creatures remain, Green’s film should benefit from brand recognition worldwide, sparking international sales and audience curiosity for a film that otherwise wouldn’t much interest moviegoers. Genre shingle Vertigo »
- Peter Debruge
Last year, Empire hosted the BFI London Film Festival's Laugh Gala. This time, though, we swapped chuckles for frag grenades and Humvees, strapped on our night-vision goggles and headed into Leicester Square to introduce Monsters: Dark Continent to the world. Cast, crew and an array of expectant eyeballs were in attendance for the film’s world premiere.Co-writer / director Tom Green was on hand to introduce his cast of G.I.s and his loyal production partners at Vertigo Films, before smashing a metaphorical champagne bottle on the IMAX screen and launching his extra-terrestrial mayhem out into the world.Unlike Gareth Edwards’ Monsters, this one is a straight-up war film that by turn channels The Hurt Locker, Generation Kill and Tremors. Balls are out and weapons are free as Johnny Harris and his squad of Us soldiers negotiate the twin perils of seemingly hostile aliens, by now stomping across the Middle-East in vast herds, »
Game of Thrones actor Richard Dormer and Harry Potter's Michael Gambon can be seen in a second promo for the crime thriller, which also stars Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Johnny Harris (the This Is England series).
Fortitude centres on a mysterious death in the Arctic Circle and has been shot on location in Iceland and the UK.
Gotham, Peaky Blinders, The Flash: 17 autumn TV shows »
The evenings are getting shorter, you've already seen the first festive cards for sale at your local supermarket and The X Factor is back on Saturday nights. To borrow a phrase - winter is coming.
But don't despair, because there is much more to autumn TV in 2014 than Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell bickering over a bunch of karaoke singers. Don't believe us? Check out our list of 17 must-watch shows, which mean that you might as well cancel your plans until Christmas.
1. Glue - E4
A bloke from Rizzle Kicks, a writer from This Is England and lots of horses. It doesn't sound like an obvious hit, but Glue is most definitely worth getting excited about.
Skins crossed with Midsomer Murders and an added sinister, bleak edge, is probably the best description for this eight-parter, which will have you hooked from its full-on (and full frontal) opening sequence.
2. The Apprentice »
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12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
Monsters: Dark Continent has received a new trailer.
The new clip sees a group of soldiers fighting against giant sand creatures in the Middle East, while trying to rescue people trapped by the monsters.
The film, which is a sequel to 2010's indie sci-fi Monsters, centres on a solider searching for his lost team member in an Infected Zone.
Monsters: Dark Continent is due for release in the UK and Ireland on November 28. »
We'd already had a pretty good look at the aliens in Monsters: Dark Continent but it looks like Vertigo is putting it all out there before the movie's release and a newly minted trailer has appeared that features even more alien action.
The sequel to Gareth Edwards debut is being directed by Tom Green and stars "The Fades" stars Johnny Harris and Joe Dempsie as members of the Us army sent to the middle east to fight off the alien invasion.
It's a stylish looking affair featuring some of the same footage we've seen in previous trailers but with the added bonus of loads and loads of aliens and more than one really stellar looking scene of aliens peeking through dust, mountai [Continued ...] »
While Gareth Edwards used Monsters to launch his career to the heights of Godzilla and Star Wars, his debut is also turning into a franchise. Monsters: Dark Continent doesn’t see the helmer return, but it does expand his world, following Johnny Harris (Welcome To The Punch), Sam Keeley (What Richard Did) and Joe Dempsie (Game Of Thrones) in the story of […] »
- Jordan Raup
Here’s a first look at the latest trailer for Monsters Dark Continent.
Directed by BAFTA winner Tom Green in his debut feature, Monsters Dark Continent stars Johnny Harris (Welcome to the Punch, ‘This is England’ series, London To Brighton), Sam Keeley (What Richard Did; forthcoming Ron Howard feature Heart of The Sea), Joe Dempsie (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Skins’), Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina), Parker Sawyers (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger).
- Michelle McCue
Gareth Edwards may be tangling with bigger monsters and franchises in the form of Godzilla and Star Wars, but his very own Monsters continues forward in the form of Monsters: Dark Continent, directed by Tom Green. Green is responsible for some of the best episodes of the fantastic first two seasons of Misfits so hopefully his style will translate well to the monster focused sequel. Those worried about Edwards’ departure should note that he has given the project his full blessing and has even stated “I better watch my back,” in terms of the sequel’s quality. There’s still a lot of human drama in this sequel, as a group of soldiers venture into areas swarming with monsters, but we also see a lot more of the monsters themselves. Skins and Game Of Thrones star Joe Dempsie, leads the cast in what looks to be a genuine extension of the original. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the 'Infected Zones' have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region.
The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
We follow four fresh new recruits from Detroit as they all excitedly look forward to performing what they were trained to do. the third trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent introduces these soldiers along with some of the new monsters on display. Watch as a pit bull takes on a baby monster, and a new threat to humanity emerges out of the desert.
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 »
"Killin' martians, baby." The most recent trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' breakthrough indie sensation, showed off the larger scale story at the center of the follow-up. Now we get to see even more action as we follow a group of soldiers tasked with taking down some of the creatures across the globe. Thankfully though, it doesn't seem like they've completely thrown out the character-driven angle that made the first film so great as there seem to be hints of drama akin to Zero Dark Thirty or Black Hawk Down. This actually looks pretty decent, so we hope it ends up in the Us. Here's the new UK trailer for Tom Green's Monsters: Dark Continent from Vertigo Films UK: Monsters: Dark Continent is the sequel to Gareth Edwards' Monsters. Tom Green ("Misfits") makes his feature directorial debut with a script from Jay Basu. »
- Ethan Anderton
Vertigo Films has debuted an all-new trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, the anticipated sequel to 2010’s beloved cult hit that is due to release later this year.
With Gareth Edwards’ upcoming directing slate brimming with blockbuster projects, Vertigo Films has passed the directing torch over to relative newcomer Tom Green — who previously worked on hit UK TV show, Misfits. And, in order to whet the appetites of eager fans, the studio also posted a brief synopsis for the upcoming sci-fi continuation.
“Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that fighting the monsters is just the beginning of their war.”
Clearly, much has changed since that ill-fated and wayward Nasa probe crash-landed in the Mexican desert. In fact, Monsters: Dark Continent is set to take »
- Michael Briers
The handiwork of a debutant director, Tom Green, and shot on location, in Jordan, with a small cast and big ambitions, Monsters: Dark Continent shares many things with Gareth Edwards’ original film. That DNA extends, of course, to the tentacle-y aliens themselves, flaunted in all their extra-terrestrial magnificence in the movie’s new trailer.Set ten years after Monsters, the Edwards exec-produced ‘continuation’ heads east, where a new strain of alien sand bugs have taken up icky residence. Combat troops Noah (Johnny Harris), Frankie (Joe Dempsie) and Michael (Sam Keeley) are in on the bug hunt across Arabian deserts and into the maws of death.With a whole mess of years elapsed since that Nasa probe crash-landed in Latin America, the aliens have adapted efficiently to their new environment. Environments, actually. There are now infected zones dotted across the globe and the idea of harmonious co-existence, touched on in the first film, »
Ahead of its release this November, a new trailer has arrived online for Monsters: Dark Continent, director Tom Green’s follow-up to Gareth Edwards’ cult 2010 breakthrough Monsters, and you can check it out below after the official synopsis….
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
We follow four fresh new recruits from Detroit as they all excitedly look forward to performing what they were trained to do. At first it all seems like a game to them but things quickly change when they are given a special mission: to rescue five soldiers who have been lost deep in the Infected Zone.
The main »
- Gary Collinson
The new full length trailer for Tom Green's 'Monsters: Dark Continent' has finally emerged! The sequel to 'Godzilla' helmer Gareth Edwards' excellent 2010 debut feature 'Monsters' arrives in UK theatres this November. And whilst Edwards' original was a great showcase for guerilla style filmmaking on a low budget it seems the follow-up from Vertical Releasing is coming out all guns blazing...literally. Johnny Harris ('Snow White and the Huntsman'), Joe Dempsie ('Game of Thrones'), Sam Keeley, Kyle Soller ('Anna Karenina'), Parker Sawyers ('Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit') and Nicholas Pinnock ('Captain America: The First Avenger') all star in the action-packed sequel. Check out the trailer below. »
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