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30 September 2010 (Kazakhstan) See more »
Now, It's Our Turn To Adapt. See more »
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 11 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Scoot McNairy ... Andrew Kaulder

Whitney Able ... Sam Wynden
Mario Zuniga Benavides ... Ticket Seller

Annalee Jefferies ... Homeless Woman
Justin Hall ... Marine

Ricky Catter ... Marine

Paul Archer ... Marine
Kerry Valderrama ... Marine (as Kerry Valderrema)
Jonathan Winnford ... Marine

Stan Wong ... Marine
Anthony Cristo ... Marine
Mario Richardson ... Marine
Jorge Quirs ... Marine
Erick Arce ... Marine
Emigo Munkel ... Marine
Esteban Blanco ... Marine
Victor Vejan ... Guerilla
Cristopher Chararria ... Guerilla
Roman Bustamante ... Guerilla
Solamon Albarran ... Guerilla
Alejandro Sotero ... Guerilla
Victorino Angulo ... Guerilla
David Alba Garcia ... Guerilla
Eduardo Guizak ... Guerilla
Alfonso Pineda ... Guerilla
Jose Garcia Gomez ... Guerilla
Erika Morales Yolanda Chacon ... Mother 'Erika', Bocoyna
Elsa Rascon Gonzalez ... Grandmother, Bocoyna
Jose Luis Morales Chacon ... Child of Family, Bocoyna
Tamilez Morales Chacon ... Child of Family, Bocoyna
Jonathan Cadena Chacon ... Child of Family, Bocoyna
Cindy Vanessa Cadena Morales ... Child of Family, Bocoyna
Javier Acosta Rodriguez ... Taxi Driver
Victor Manuel Martinez Tovar ... Boat Skipper
Walter Hernandez Col ... Boat Assistant
Kenedy Gamaliel Jiminez ... Driver of Pick-Up Truck to the Zone (as Kenedy Gamaliel Jimenez)
Hugo Valuerde ... Motorbike Driver
Roberto Saluzan ... Ambulance Guy
Cesan Solauo ... Ambulance Guy
Aris Martinez ... Nurse in Maternity Ward
Claudia Valdez ... Nurse in Maternity Ward
Elizabeth Blanco Sanchez ... Main Receptionist at Hospital
Gloria Soza ... Second Receptionist at Hospital
Aura Escobar ... Third Receptionist at Hospital
Max Alfredo Coe Tux ... Man at River Guarding Oil Barrels
Ivan Sanchez ... Man at River Guarding Oil Barrels
Wilfredo Hernandez Alvarado ... Policeman Guarding Barrier
Ramon Otzoy Sucuc ... Policeman Guarding Barrier
Erma Bradley ... Lady Holding Daughter in Flood
Shelmar Bradley ... Boy in Pink Yop
Luis Cails Sosa Carlos ... Driver of Red Pick-Up Truck
Rene Moreno Lopez ... Passenger in Red Pick-Up
Kenia Guadalupe Dominluez Yamas ... Little Girl in Pick-Up Truck
Jesus Jose Moreno Quezada ... Boy Playing Soccer
Marta Maria Acatitla Vasquez ... Corn Seller
Romeo Arista ... Whistle Blower
Maria Luisa Ontanon ... Dead Woman in Jungle
Refugio Tapia Rendon ... Dead Woman in Jungle
Katerine Zuleika Guizar Tapia ... Dead Girl in Jungle
Joagun Salazan ... Policeman
Anthony Jimenez Jara ... Little Boy Riding Bike
Luis Robertomonge Brenes ... Man at Bar
Oscar Mario Badilla Bora ... Man at Bar
Neston Herrera ... Man at Bar
Iserias Antouro Morah ... Barman at Harbour
Cooper Smith ... Tommy (voice)

Directed by
Gareth Edwards 
Writing credits
Gareth Edwards (written by)

Produced by
Nick Love .... executive producer
Allan Niblo .... producer
Rupert Preston .... executive producer
James Richardson .... producer
Jim Spencer .... line producer
Nigel Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jon Hopkins 
Cinematography by
Gareth Edwards (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Colin Goudie 
Production Design by
Gareth Edwards 
Makeup Department
Diana Byrne .... makeup artist: dailies, guerilla jungle sequence, Mexico
Production Management
Victor Barriga .... unit production manager: Costa Rica
Rebekka Garrido .... post-production supervisor
Verity Oswin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maritza Carbajal .... first assistant director: dailies, guerilla jungle sequence, Mexico
Art Department
Jeffrey Perez .... art director: dailies, guerilla jungle sequence, Mexico
Sound Department
Laura Andrews .... adr production site supervisor: SPG Studios
Jose R. Castellon .... adr technical engineer: SPG Studios (as Jose Castellon)
Jürgen Funk .... sound designer
Sergio Leigue .... adr machinist: SPG Studios
Ian Maclagan .... sound recordist
Sabrina Naumann .... adr editor
Sabrina Naumann .... dialogue editor
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Matthias Schwab .... sound re-recording mixer
Almut Schwacke .... foley editor
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer
Daniel Willy .... adr editor
Daniel Willy .... adr editor: Rockstar Productions
Daniel Willy .... adr recording engineer: SPG Studios
Daniel Willy .... adr recordist
Daniel Willy .... adr recordist: Rockstar Productions
Daniel Willy .... adr supervisor
Daniel Willy .... adr supervisor: Rockstar Productions
Daniel Willy .... recording engineer
Eric Horstmann .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gareth Edwards .... visual effects
Casting Department
Daniel Willy .... additional adr voice casting
Daniel Willy .... additional voice casting
Sarah Dowling .... extras casting director: Texas (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Karlen .... wardrobe: dailies, marine sequence, Texas
Editorial Department
Anne Goudie .... associate editor
Justin Hall .... assistant editor
Adam Inglis .... digital colorist
Alyson Pengelly .... post-production coordinator
Kevin Shaw .... digital colorist
Gregor Wille .... digital intermediate supervisor
Gregor Wille .... on-line editor
Music Department
Leo Abrahams .... musician: guitars
Lol Hammond .... music supervisor
Cherie Hashzume .... music engineer
Davide Rossi .... arranger: strings
Davide Rossi .... musician: strings
Vince Sipprell .... musician: strings
Vicki Williams .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
David Gonzalez .... driver: Mexico
Kenedy Gamaliel Jiminez .... transportation coordinator: Guatemale
Jose P. Soriano .... driver: Mexico (as Jose Soriano)
Fredy Alexander Vidal Lopez .... driver: Guatemala
Other crew
Wahida Begum .... marketing manager
Wahida Begum .... unit publicist
Chee-Lan Chan .... development executive: Vertigo Films
Victoria Chapple .... production assistant: Producers
Hector Crisantes .... adr supporting artist
Eleazar Del Valle .... adr supporting artist
Thomas Dixon .... in-house production assistant
Rachael Ellis .... technical manager
Emma Hartley .... development executive: Vertigo Films
Jose Angel Hernandez .... location manager: USA (as Jose Hernandez)
Stephen Hole .... head of finance: Vertigo Films
Jamie Jamison .... adr supporting artist
Christopher Key .... editor: EPK/making-of documentary
Louise Killin .... in-house production coordinator: Vertigo Films
Neil Kindness .... website manager: Vetrigo Films
Jonathan Kluger .... adr supporting artist (as Jon Kluger)
Jonathan Kluger .... marketing assistant: Vertigo Films (as Jon Kluger)
Dwayne Lawson .... post-production accountant: Vertigo Films
Pedro Luis Martin Gurza .... adr supporting artist
Luisa María Martínez Arcaraz .... production assistant: Mexico and Guatemala (as Luisa Martinez)
Brian Patrick McGuire .... adr supporting artist (as Brian Mcguire)
George McKenzie .... director: EPK/making-of documentary
Johanna Mohs .... production assistant: producers
George Myer .... e.p.k. shooter/editor
Dexter Navy .... production runner
Caite Ni'Ceileachair .... production assistant: producers
Florian Obrecht .... end credits
Michelle Parylak .... adr supporting artist
Alyson Pengelly .... production coordinator
Erika Robledo .... adr supporting artist
Eduardo Roman .... adr supporting artist (as Eduardo Iduñate)
Hugo Roque .... location manager: Costa Rica
Toby Rushton .... script editor
Cotter Smith .... voiceover: Tommy
Paola Soriano .... production assistant: Mexico and Guatemala
Dominic Stabb .... in-house creative: Vertigo Films
Lee Stone .... legal services: Lee and Thompson
Victor Vega .... key production assistant: Costa Rica
Huberta Von Liel .... operations manager: Vertigo Films
Michael Wailes .... head of sale and acquisitions: Vertigo Films
Desirae Wallace .... asst. location manager (tx unit )
Daniel Willy .... adr supporting artist
Christopher Brown .... runner/assistant (uncredited)
Edward Hemming .... development researcher: vertigo films (uncredited)

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Rated R for language
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-13 | France:U | Germany:12 | Ireland:12A | Malaysia:18 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Philippines:PG-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:R (certificate #46297)

Did You Know?

The film was shot using prosumer level recording equipment, with an on set crew of only seven people: director and camera operator Gareth Edwards, sound operator Ian Maclagan, line producer Jim Spencer, production manager Verity Oswin, a driver, and the two stars (dating each other at the time, now a real-life married couple) Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able. Because they were such a small crew using so simple equipment, the entire production team could fit into one van.See more »
Errors in geography: The scene where Samantha is about to board the ferry is located in Cancun on the southern part of Mexico but the map showing the infected zone is close to the border with the United States on the north.See more »
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Title Card:Six years ago... NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A space probe was launched to collect samples but broke up during re-entry over Mexico. Soon after new life forms began to appear and half of the was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today... The Mexican & US military still struggle to contain 'the creatures'...
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143 out of 237 people found the following review useful.
Before Sunrise meets Godzilla, 30 August 2010
Author: Boris_Day from London, UK

This was the film I was most looking forward to during my one day excursion to Frightfest and it was everything I hoped for. Monsters takes place several years after a NASA space probe that has collected alien micro-organisms has crashed in Mexico, turning much of the country into a walled in no-go zone. New life forms have developed there, among them gigantic, tentacled creatures who have devastated much of the country. A photo journalist who reports on the crisis takes on the job to get the newspaper publishers daughter back to the US. After their tickets for the last ferry out get stolen, they have to make their way across the "infected" zone.

Many people will be expecting a Distric 9 or Cloverfield style sci-fi action film from the trailer, but this is more like Before Sunrise meets Godzilla, with the emphasis on the love story. The British director gave a Q&A after the screening and he said he was aiming to make an offbeat romantic indie film like Lost in Translation against an unusual backdrop. It's certainly an interesting genre-hybrid and I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it. This was shot on a tiny budget by its director, who then did all the effects by himself at on a computer, and it looks like a gazillion bucks Hollywood movie. With effects technology having become so accessible, this maybe where the future of genre films lies as Hollywood blockbusters become ever more interchangeable. Monsters is a powerfully atmospheric, beautiful looking film with great locations and the effects are excellent, but this is primarily a road move and a love story. There isn't an awful lot of monster action in the film and only a couple of scenes that actively involve the creatures, though they feel ever present via the devastation visible everywhere. I could sense some of the more hardcore horror fans who were cheering during the gory I Spit On Your Grave remake that went before, getting restless.

The writing is pretty good, if not quite in the same league as top indie film romances it aims for. The films only failing is that for an indie romance, the characters are never quite as well explored as they would be in a Lost in Translation or Before Sunrise. The two main characters could have been a little more memorable, though the two lead actors are likable enough and have the chemistry required that made me want them to get together (the director revealed he cast two actors who are a couple for real).

In the end the thing that makes the film stand out is the fact that it takes such an unusual approach to the giant monster movie genre. By treating its genre trappings in an low key, almost subordinate way, it feels very real. The giant squid like monsters are very impressive in the few scenes where they do make an appearance and the characters and story were involving enough to draw me in.

In the way it foregrounds the characters it's a genuinely unusual special effects film the, type Hollywood used to make in the 70s, when Close Encounters was as a much a film about a wrenching marriage break down as it was about UFOs. It has stayed with me unlike few films I've seen this year and I can't wait to see it again.

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