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Monster Hunter (2020)

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When Lt. Artemis and her loyal soldiers are transported to a new world, they engage in a desperate battle for survival against enormous enemies with incredible powers. Feature film based on the video game by Capcom.

Director:

Paul W.S. Anderson

Writers:

Paul W.S. Anderson, Kaname Fujioka (video game series)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Milla Jovovich ... Artemis
Tony Jaa ... Hunter
Ron Perlman ... The Admiral
T.I. ... Lincoln (as Tip "T.I." Harris)
Diego Boneta ... Marshall
Meagan Good ... Dash
Josh Helman ... Steeler
Jin Au-Yeung ... Axe
Hirona Yamazaki Hirona Yamazaki ... Handler
Jannik Schümann ... Aiden
Nanda Costa ... Lea
Nic Rasenti ... Captain Roark
Clyde Berning ... JSO V22 Pilot #1
Paul Hampshire ... JSO Soldier #2
Schelaine Bennett Schelaine Bennett ... Comms Officer E3 Sentry
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Storyline

While on a peril-laden mission to track a missing team of soldiers, the hard-as-nails U.S. Army Ranger, Captain Natalie Artemis, and her elite brothers-in-arms find themselves transported to an alternate universe. There, trapped in a barren desert-world rife with formidable adversaries and subterranean sand-dwelling beasts, for the first time, Captain Artemis and her squad are shocked to discover that their otherwise destructive military weapons are now entirely inadequate to take down the enemy. But, unexpectedly, in their desperate battle for survival, the team stumbles upon a mysterious local huntsman, whose superior combat skills allow him to stay one step ahead of the mighty creatures. Is there an escape from the prison realm? Above all, what does it take to become a fearless monster hunter? Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of creature action and violence throughout | See all certifications »

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Director Paul W.S. Anderson and the crew traveled to remote locations in South Africa and Namibia to capture the film's expansive vistas. See more »

Goofs

Marshall ties his dog tag chain to his boot; typically the individual tag is laced into the boot while the chain and tags are worn around the neck. See more »

Quotes

Artemis: Chocolate.
Hunter: Chocolate.
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the movie, around the 1 minute 30 seconds mark, the following message appears: "IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT BEHIND THE PERCEPTION OF OUR SENSES, NEW WORLDS ARE HIDDEN OF WHICH WE ARE TOTALLY UNAWARE" See more »

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Featured in Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: Monster Hunter (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

White Lightning
Performed by George Jones
Music and Lyrics by The Big Bopper (as J.P. Richardson)
(c) Glad Music
Courtesy of Peermusic (Germany) GmbH
(p) 1959 Mercury Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Courtesy of Universal Music GmbH
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No plot but super cool monsters and tons of action
11 December 2020 | by trinaboiceSee all my reviews

IN A NUTSHELL: This action-adventure movie is based on the video game by Capcom. One of the cast members, T.I., said that it was his youngest son that convinced him to be in the movie because he is such a fan of the Capcom video games. I was curious to hear from real gamers what they thought about the movie and they all agreed the monsters looked awesome. They said the movie is pretty faithful to the original game with some fun fan-service, so that's a good endorsement!

As far as the actual movie goes, the fantasy flick was written for the screen and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. That's where the reviews start to head south. The plot is extremely thin, so if you want to just watch an action movie with lots of monsters and screaming, this one's for you. Movies based on video games have been notoriously terrible for some reason. This one will have big fans and haters.

There's a joke early in the movie that has gotten this production into serious trouble with its release in China, resulting in its being banned. One of the characters says, "What are my knees? What kind of knees are these? Chi-knees". Chinese audiences started posting terrible reviews on multiple platforms to damage the box office sales, accusing the movie of hurtful racism. Pushing their outrage further, the game Monster Hunter: World (2018) received thousands of negative reviews as well within 48 hours. Constantin Film later apologized for that scene, although it is still in the movie.

Tip: Eat chocolate while you watch this movie. Just do it.

TIPS FOR PARENTS: Lots of profanity People and monsters in perilous situations High body count with bloody, brutal deaths Tons of violence

THEMES: All of us have our own unique weaknesses. Persistence Hope Teamwork Resourcefulness Self-reliance

THINGS I LIKED: The movie starts out with a bang...and a crash...and screams. In other words, there is no waiting around for something to happen. Lots of humor. I've always loved Milla Jovovich for her unique look and fierce action sequences. I was a little bit disappointed though because she mostly just yells in this movie. Don't get me wrong...she's full-on action. There just isn't very much dialogue. Really good CGI. The monsters look super scary. Some cool weapons. I hear that there are some accurate game mechanics that will please the video game fans. I heard that the director actually went to the game designers to see what they thought of the film and they gave him the thumbs up. If you're going to watch this movie, see it on the largest screen possible.

THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE: The big plot? To survive. Seriously, that's it. Superfast, over-the-top action scenes that make it hard to see what's going on. Within a 10 second period, there are quite a few cuts which is super annoying. The movie mostly consists of fighting sound effects and screaming. Oh....and monsters. The singing...not that great. I would love to have seen more of Ron Pearlman. A bunch of characters emerge out of nowhere but we aren't told much about them, nor get to know any of them. The ending definitely hints at a sequel. Do we want that?

You can see the rest of my review on my Movie Review Mom YouTube and website!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Western Cape, South Africa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,201,269, 20 December 2020

Gross USA:

$14,396,626

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,046,926
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