Monsters: Dark Continent is the sequel to the mildly memorable Monsters film. Dark Continent is even less memorable and unfortunately has a storyline that is hard to follow.
Dark Continent is a film about war and insurgents. The film has some superb acting and some excellently shot scenes but due to the plot that is hard to follow, it all falls a bit short.
The film is based around war and is based upon some soldiers sent on a mission to retrieve some others. The monsters seem to be a bit of an afterthought. It would be easy to believe that you have a very mediocre war film and to try and pull numbers at the box office monsters have been animated in as an after thought and hey presto you have a sequel.
The first half hour of the film sees a few of the soldiers socialising and partying as friends before they are sent to complete their mission. You are also introduced to a couple of monsters so you are reminded what film you are watching. This would be a good opening to a film ordinarily, a great way to start something is to introduce you to who you need to be watching. Unfortunately, the film makes it blatantly obvious this is what it is doing and that coupled with the fact that the characters aren’t that likeable means that it doesn’t really work.
It is predictable which character will be the last man standing and it’s predictable that the two men stood together at the end are the two that despise each other the most in the beginning.
Visually there is one scene where a monster releases pores that is one small beacon of light. The scenes are all presented well but unfortunately they aren’t enough for what is a mediocre film. If fans are expecting more of the same from the first film then they are likely to be disappointed. It seems that on this occasion the monsters have been given a raw deal when it comes to screen time.
Dir: Tom Green
Scr: Tom Green, Jay Basu
Starring: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Jon Dempsie, Kyle Soller
Prd: Allan Niblo, Rupert Preston, Ben Pugh, James Richardson
DOP: Christopher Ross
Music: Neil Davidge
Run time: 119 mins
Monsters: Dark Continent is available on Blu-Ray and DVD now.