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Basically a love story with monsters in the background.
The plot is essentially "boy meets girl" with a few monsters and some political commentary thrown in for fun. Marketed as a SF thriller, it's quickly revealed that it's not. The titular monsters don't get a whole lot of screen time and only pose a threat to the lead couple in passing; any danger is incidental to the monsters going about their business. The technical aspects, namely the realization of the monsters on-screen, will garner nods of approval from first-time watchers. The CGI isn't too clunky or jarring and the luminescent effects of the aliens is novel and a welcome departure from the expected "slime and teeth" monsters.
The kicker is that there's nothing done here that couldn't have been framed against a backdrop of more terrestrial origins, like a child custody case, a hurricane, or a riot. It's a story about how two strangers meet and, amid the strain of their situation, develop a relationship. You've seen it a million times before. I was expecting and hoping for sci-fi, not Lifetime's movie of the week with ET waving at me in the background. The tension coming with the implied threat of the aliens dissipates quickly because the aliens don't do anything of real import. One of them checks out a gas station while the hero and heroine watch in fear, but the alien doesn't care. It's curious (or just wants a Twinkie.) You learn very quickly that the aliens don't care and any potential thrill from an unexpected attack is lost to the realization that the only danger comes from the protagonists being collateral damage from a Hellfire strike or an alien accidentally stepping on them.
I like the idea that the aliens are passive until attacked and seem, like us, just to want to go about their lives without interference. I could have enjoyed a bit more of that, possibly including some intelligent interplay between us and them, but no.
There's a sequel coming out so I have hopes that they'll make this a bit more exciting. Thrill me, people. Make me wonder how things are going to turn out. Make me doubt that the hero will make it to the end. Add some menace with your philosophy and make my brain work as fast as my adrenal glands. All I got here was a monster-flavored chick flick and that isn't my cup of tea.