ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – M – Monster (2003) Movie Review

Director: Patty Jenkins

Writer: Patty Jenkins (Screenplay)

Starring: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen, Annie Corley, Pruitt Taylor Vince

Plot: Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.


Tagline – The first female serial killer of America

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Monster starts when prostitute Aileen (Theron) has found herself struggling to make ends meet in life who is thinking of ending everything, until a chance meeting with Selby (Ricci) a quiet timid young lady who is being forced to hide sexuality from the world by her family.

After Aileen gets rape by one of her clients, she kills the man, using the money to help fund a life with Selby, as the two look to escape the lives they had, only Aileen keeps killing clients, making her a fugitive with the pair on the run.

Thoughts on Monster

ThoughtsMonster is the drama looking at the life of Aileen Wuornos who had always seen her life be difficult with her life in prostitution making her depressed, but it will see her become one of the first known female serial killers in America, after she starts killing the clients. While her first kill is one that could easily be justified, it is what follows where the cold-hearted killer just starts going through the motions of the murders while trying to keep together. Charlize Theron won her Oscar for this performance, you can see why, she is incredible, with Christina Ricci being ana amazing supporting performance in the film too. This is a movie that will show both sides of a killer, one that you can understand and one that will give enough focus on somebody slowly starting to lose it.

Final Thoughts Monster is a brilliant look at how someone can become a killer when pushed too far.

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