Writer: Tom Green, Jay Basu (Screenplay)
Starring: Sofia Boutella, Joe Dempsie, Johnny Harris, Nicholas Pinnock, Kyle Soller, Sam Keeley, Parker Sawyers, Michaela Coel, Jesse Nagy
Plot: Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Insulting Toward the Original
Story: Monsters: Dark Continent starts with narration from Michael Parkes (Keeley) a reluctant solider who explains that the monsters have started to spread destroying cities through the Middle East, where the new Infected Zone is. Frater (Harris) is a sniper who has completed his mission before making his swift getaway back to the US base.
Flashback I think to watch Michael and his unit Frankie (Dempsie) Inkelaar (Soller) and Shaun (Sawyers) back in Detroit preparing to be shipped out again. We learn how the unit all has each other’s back and will fight anyone to protect each other. Drugs, booze and hookers this must mean we are having a leaving party because that is what everyone does right? Well that was a painful excuse to show boobs in a war based film.
Now for the real story to start, we are now following the helicopter assault of a heard of giant monsters which is quickly completed. Frater and Forrest (Pinnock) run the base and give the new recruits the rules on how to survive the situation. We follow the soldiers on basic missions around towns as we witness the effects of war not just on with the monsters but with the terrorists.
The unit has been on plenty of patrols without seeing much action before they get a mission to locate a group of missing soldiers. When the convoy gets hit, the mission changes to one of survival against a human enemy as well as a monster threat. Frater, Michael, Inkelaar and Frankie are the four surviving members of the unit who have to try and stay ahead of the enemy, but aren’t very successful. Before long Frater and Michael are left alone, captured by the enemy they have to escape while the enemy is dealing with a monster attack.
Monsters: Dark Continent moves the action to a different continent and never explains how the monsters ended up in that location considering the first one being set in Mexico. The most part of this film is a dreadfully boring war story that just has monsters on the outside of it, I am willing to say I don’t even know what the point of having the monsters in this film actually is. The war side of the story has been done so many times it offers nothing to the genre and ends up ruining anything the first film created. I personally think this will be one of the worst stories of the year. (2/10)
Johnny Harris: Noah Frater the veteran on tour who leads the unit on the mission and after things go wrong he takes charge of the inexperienced unit as they try to fight against enemies both human and monster. Johnny ends up being a very generic soldier who has been at war too long. (3/10)
Sam Keeley: Michael the rookie soldier who is with his unit and after they all die he is left alone with Frater as they try to survive against the odds. Sam fills the generic rookie soldier and doesn’t make an impact in the role. (3/10)
Support Cast: Monsters: Dark Continent has a supporting cast that includes the fellow soldiers who mostly die early on and we get to see the effects of their death on the two remaining soldiers.
Director Review: Tom Green – Tom doesn’t do the original film any justice and gives us one of the most misleading films of the year. (2/10)
Sci-Fi: Monsters: Dark Continent tries to put us in a world where the monsters are now part of the world but doesn’t rise to the levels it could have. (5/10)
Thriller: Monsters: Dark Continent is meant to be a thriller but you will spend time looking at your watch wondering how much more. (2/10)
Settings: Monsters: Dark Continent brings the action to the Middle East but never explains why it ends up there. (4/10)
Special Effects: Monsters: Dark Continent has one positive, the monster creations all look very good and very real throughout the film. (10/10)
Suggestion: Monsters: Dark Continent is really going to have to be one to avoid, it is too long, too dull and lacks any real monster action. (Avoid)
Best Part: The monsters all look very real.
Worst Part: Too Long and no monster action.
What Could Have Been Better? – Explain how the monsters ended up in the Middle East, Involve the monsters, make it interesting.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: Left open to one and made right I would watch a sequel.
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes
Trivia: The main actor from the first Monsters movie Scott McNairy is signed on as an Executive Producer for Monsters:Dark Continent.
Overall: Very disappoint sequel to one of the best low budget films of recent years.