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Monster (2008)

Video  -  Action | Horror | Thriller  -  18 January 2008 (USA)
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Erin and sister Sarah travel to Japan to do interviews about global warming. However, on the 1st day of said interviews Tokyo suffers a horrendous earthquake and as they take cover, they ... See full summary »

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Erin Lynch
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Sarah Lynch
Justin L. Jones ...
Justin
Kazuyuki Okada ...
Mizuchi
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Hiro
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Aiko
Hiroshi Ueha ...
Japanese Grandfather
Akira Sato ...
Isao
Kosei Seki ...
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Soldier #1
Robert Chu ...
Soldier #2
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Japanese Reporter (as Shinichiro Shimizu)
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American Reporter
Yosuke Hosoi ...
Cameraman
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Doctor
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Erin and sister Sarah travel to Japan to do interviews about global warming. However, on the 1st day of said interviews Tokyo suffers a horrendous earthquake and as they take cover, they soon discover the rumbling is caused by something quite different. The video shown documents their desperate attempt to escape while filming the events befalling them as it happens. What follows is their shaky hand-held footage that appears to have been recovered and presumably posted posthumously for all to see on the internet. Written by Audio Asylum

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japan | monster | cgi | block blunder

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The Truth Will Finally Be Told.


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$500,000 (estimated)
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There are scenes at the start of the film which are obviously filmed in Tokyo (in Shinjuku) but the caption giving the location is clearly not Shinjuku Gyoen as there is no giant wooden torii gate there. See more »

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[last lines]
Sarah Lynch: Erin. Erin. Erin. Erin. Have you seen my sister! Have you seen my sister!
[Sarah sees Erin sitting against a wall wounded]
Sarah Lynch: Oh, Erin!
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"The events, characters, and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental (or is it? You be the judge.)" See more »

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References Cloverfield (2008) See more »

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Laborious
18 January 2008 | by (Olympia, WA) – See all my reviews

You've probably all figured out by now that this is the straight-to-video knock-off of the much anticipated "Cloverfield". I was pretty curious about this, partly because it comes from The Asylum (their stuff is just addictively bad!) and because the trailer for it looked nearly competent. So naturally I rented it as soon as I had the chance.

The plot (ha!) concerns two women, a documentary crew, who fly to Tokyo to interview an official about global warming. Everything in the movie is filmed vacation-video style from the girls' hand-held camera (just like "Cloverfield"). During the interview the monster attacks and the city becomes a disaster area. Our heroes are forced to run for cover and try to find people who speak English while still documenting the monster's rampage.

I expected weak CGI effects and bad dialogue, but I was also disappointed to find that the hand-held camera wasn't hand-held looking at all (the making-of feature on the DVD betrayed their real techniques) and the down-time that fills out most of the movie happens in spots that look more like L.A. than Tokyo. Transitions are accomplished with unconvincing video distortion, an attempt to sell us on the gimmick that we are watching found footage. There's an attempt at explanation for the monster too, which was perhaps the worst aspect of this mess.

"Monster" may be The Asylum's worst. In spite of a good trailer, this will be forgotten especially because they chose a title already used for a Charlize Theron movie. "Cloverfield" has nothing to fear from this.


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