★★★★ | by Emma Levett
Posted on Jun 11, 2021
Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend, Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.
I really really enjoyed this movie and to be honest I didn’t think I was going to! I’ve seen this genre and plot several times before, but there was something different about this one. I love how witty the dialogue was and with it… a very dry sense of humour, it even addresses everyones ‘I’ve seen this script many times before’ perception from the intro.
I really love how fun this movie was and it didn’t shy away from everybody bringing their best from an acting perspective. Joel (Dylan O’Brien) the main character had a charming sarcasm that was endearing. Not annoying in the slightest, which is rare when his character is playing the weak link in an apocalypse. It did however made me reminiscent of his ‘Teen Wolf’ times, as they’re incredibly similar. Yes I just admitted to watching Teen Wolf! And what?
The scenery and CGI were of the best quality and made the whole film feel vibrant. The style of threats and monsters were inventive and made the action scenes unpredictable. I found the characters along the way endearing and had a vital part to play towards the plot, especially the introduction of Clyde (Michael Rooker) and Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt). These character interactions is a great example of how everything seems random, but it’s just another ingredient and vital part of Joel’s bid for survival.
Super entertaining watch and everything about this film on paper should be a 3 star every day of the week, but I found myself recommending it to everyone I spoke to at work, at football, and family and friends. That’s how I know it’s a 4 star and I’m confident you’ll enjoy this film no matter what genre you’re into.
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