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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 08.22.13] United Kingdom scifi thriller

Though Gareth Edwards has removed himself from directing duties of the follow up to Monsters to take on the huge Hollywood monster flick Godzilla, he is serving as producer on the upcoming follow up to his successful low budget monster movie.

Monsters: Dark Continent takes place seven years wghere the future and the US is sending troops to protect their international interests. On one of these missions a team of soldiers is sent in to track down the soldier who has gone rogue deep in monster territory. The full synopsis provides a bit more detail:

Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the "Infected Zones" have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect US interests from the Monsters, but the war is far from being won. Noah, a haunted soldier with several tours under his belt, is sent on a mission: an American soldier has gone rogue deep in the Infected Zone, and Noah must reach him and take him out. But when Noah's unit and transport are destroyed, he finds himself with only a young and inexperienced cadet for company – the brother of the man Noah has been sent to kill. The two soldiers must go on a life-altering journey through the dark heart of monster territory, accompanied by a young local woman to guide them. By the time the three of them reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.

I loved the concept of Monsters but had serious issues with both leads and I slogged through the movie thinking it could have been so much better if they'd had a different set of characters at the centre of the story so I'm very excited to see what director Tom Green (best known for his TV work on early seasons of "Misfits") and a cast that includes Johnny Harris (excellent in "The Fades" and "This Is England") re-teaming with Joe Dempsie ("The Fades," "Game of Thrones" and most recently the fantastic "Southcliffe") pull together.

Monsters: Dark Continent, which was filming in Jordan and Detroit earlier this year, isn't due until sometime in 2014 but we now have our first look at the project and I must say, it's looking pretty good. There's no sign of monsters (very good!) but there's definitely a sense that they're not far off.

Via Empire

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agentorange (8 years ago) Reply

Very impressive first look.


Umberto (8 years ago) Reply

i think this is an intelligent sequel, the feel and the atmosphere is the same of the first movie.


Cletus (8 years ago) Reply

The first movie was brilliant in it's portrayal of common people dealing with an apocalyptic event, itself portrayed as almost a background event to everyday life. The reveal of how the monsters spread was great. I hope the new one maintains that everyman feel and not cop out to a unreal heroes vs mega-monsters plot.

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