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Monsters, a review by dfmorgan


Year: 2010
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able
Overview: Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures...
A jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his boss' daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.

Watched: 16th Apr. 2011
My Thoughts: A disappointing bore-fest. I guess I should have read more reviews before purchasing as I expected more science-fiction rather than just a couple rambling.

My Rating

(From Dave's DVD/Blu-ray Reviews on April 17th, 2011)

Member's Reviews

The Ox-Bow Incident, a review by Rick

The Ox-Bow Incident

Hollywood Legends:
Henry Fonda
Dana Andrews
Anthony Quinn

Based on Walter Van Tilburg Clark's best-selling novel, The Ox-Bow Incident is a riveting drama about frontier justice - and injustice - which received a Best Picture Oscarģ nomination in 1943.

Gil Carter (Henry Fonda) and Art Croft (Henry Morgan) ride into a town frustrated by the prevalence of cattle rustlers. Suddenly, word comes that a popular rancher has been murdered, which puts the already enraged town over the edge. When the spiteful mayor forms a posse, Gil and Croft are swept up in their mission - to seek vengeance - even upon those innocent of any wrong-doing.

As it becomes clear that blood-lust may win out over rationality, the tension mounts in this "masterpiece" (TIM DIRKS' THE GREATEST FILMS) with its timeless message about the dangers of mob mentality.

My thoughts
Wow Ė over already?!? This was a very short movie. Looking now I see itís only 75 minutes long. I knew the story was moving along quick, I just had no idea it was almost over. Henry Fonda and his partner Col. Sherman Potter (AKA Harry/Henry Morgan) somehow get sucked into being part of a lynch mob. Iím still not sure how they became part of the group, as compared to riding off or just staying in town. I thought it was to make sure justice would rule, but apparently not. They werenít even one of the 1st of the seven to object to how things were being handled. There was no real reason for them to be there that I can see.

As it turns out the men were innocent (duh). Having not seen the movie not realizing it was just about over I was a bit excited about what would be next. I expected all of the men involved would go through some turmoil and the rest of the story would focus on that. I envisioned some finger pointing with everyone trying to blame the other guy to ease their own conscience. Maybe a bar-room brawl or even a shout out as tempers flared as one by one the characters were being eaten up inside by guilt. I was disappointed to get none of that. The story just kinda ended. They did have the group all standing at the bar in one scene, showing remorse, but thatís about it. To me they only told half the story here and should have either made the 1st part longer, with more focus on the actions before hand or have more story after they returned to town as I said above.

Henry Fonda was good, but he really didnít have much of a part (although nobody did). His role could have been played by anyone I believe. Dana Andrews played his part well, probably the best in the movie. Itís unfortunate the story has him just giving up. If it were me with a young family and about to be hung for something I didnít do I wouldnít go quite as gracefully thatís for sure.

This is a movie with too many bits that arenít needed. Something about Henry Fonda and some woman having a past. Henry gets threatened by the womanís husband, then thatís it. Story arc over. And whatís with Anthony Quinnís character. They seem to show him as having something to hide, yet they never show what that was (if there was anything to begin with). Again, leave it out or give us the whole story.

If you havenít figured out this wasnít the best movie Iíve watched in this marathon. Itís considered a classic so I guess itís one of those any movie buff should watch, but donít expect much at all. Itís a shame too since they really could have expanded on how easy it is to get caught up in the mob mentality and how to deal with the consequences of the mobs actions.

My rating: Yuck ! (Pretty harsh I know but it is what it is.) I will not be watching this movie again anytime soon (if ever).

(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 22nd, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

"Due South" marathon, a review by Tom

3.05 Mountie & Soul (1997-10-26)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), R.B. Carney (Writer)
Director: Steve DiMarco
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), Callum Keith Rennie (Stanley "Ray" Kowalski), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Camilla Scott (Inspector Margaret Thatcher), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Tom Melissis (Detective Dewey), Ramona Milano (Francesca Vecchio), Gordon Pinsent (Fraser Sr.), Ron Canada (Franco Devlin), Sharrieff Pugh (Levon), Jan Rubeö (Mort), Lynne Deragon (Desk Sergeant), Gene Mack (Mason Dixon), Andrew McLean (Deron Martin), Chris Collins (Jamal Martin), Jeremy Kerr (Duval Edwards), Omari Forrester (Rollin' 22)

Episodes about boxing do not belong to my favorite kind of episodes in any series. This one is okay though. But nothing special.


(From "Due South" marathon on December 31st, 2009)
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