2010’s Monsters was a somewhat underrated affair. The premise was that aliens have landed and colonised part of Earth. Humans, for the most part, lived in harmony with the huge, insect-like creatures, who were occupying the area just south of the U.S. border in a subtle take on America’s battle against illegal immigration.
The second film, this year’s Monsters: Dark Continent appears to have upped the ante a considerable amount. Directed by Tom Green and shot in Jordan, the trailer hints at a cross between Jarhead and Starship Troopers as American combat troops take on extra-terrestrials in the desert.
Another reason to get excited is the presence of some of Britain’s best acting talent. Sam Keeley takes the lead (and is soon to appear alongside Bradley Cooper in Chef) and Game Of Throne’s Joe Dempsie is on board as Frankie, while This Is England’s Johnny Harris (that’s him roaring and punching people) looks set to turn in another terrifying performance as a military commander.
There’s a clear allusion here to American and British forces’ operations in the Middle East over the past eleven years, so expect plenty of intellect and allegory to alleviate what could, in different hands, have very easily been a bland (if beautifully shot) pop-corn thriller.
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