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- Apr 4, 2017
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With the influx of bleak post apocalyptic futures in films/shows like The Road, The Walking Dead, Take Shelter and the like, it’s refreshing to watch a post apocalyptic flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Films like Warm Bodiesi and Zombieland (as well as it’s sequel) have made a niche for themselves in turning the PA genre on it’s ear with some well deserved humor and light heartedness. While Love and Monsters may not be the original Zombieland quality of production, but it skates a thin line between zany humor and seriousness without ever copying any of the films that came before it. I got more of a wry satire vibe from the film even though it was obviously meant to be straight up slapstick at times, and was pleasantly surprised by the feel good nature of the story. It works, though it’s a bit cramped and bland at times for it’s own good.
After 2020 (and the start of 2021) it almost seems like a relief to find out that the world has ended in Love and Monsters. A giant asteroid was hurtling towards Earth (isn’t it always?) and the only way we knew how to deal the rock was to blow it up. The only downside was all the chemicals and radiation from all of the missiles we used ended up irradiating the Earth, and causing the mutation of cold blooded animals. Mutations that turned slugs, bugs, and other cold blooded animals into gigantic monstrosities, effectively turning humanity from the top of the food chain right into easy prey. 95% of humanity was wiped out in a single year, and the rest of the surviving humans went underground into colonies.
In one of these colonies we meet young Joel (Dylan O’Brien), a 24 year old kid who has been in hiding since he was 17 and witnessed the fall of the world. He desperately wants to fit into the rough and motley crew that operate his colony, but he suffers from a severe case of paralysis and is more of a liability than an asset to the crew. Relegated to cooking and cleaning up Joel is the typical wallflower of the group, but is finally given his chance to shine when his old girlfriend in another colony goes radio silent, forcing him to come out of his shell and traverse the 85 mile journey with nothing but a makeshift crossbow and his fortitude.
Dylan O’Brien is really the main focus of the film and he does excellent as the lead. He’s not nearly as dramatic as his Maze Runner films, but he carries the film with a sense of gusto as he endears his clutzy self to the audience. The rest of the characters are generally just background (well, outside of the dog Boy), but they all pull off their roles quite well. Michael Rooker doesn’t even have to TRY to pull off the craggy old man in a post apocalyptic world, but fills the cliched role nicely enough.
Rated PG-13 for action/violence, language and some suggestive material
4K Video: Video:
• Bottom of the Food Chain: The Cast of Love and Monsters
• It's a Monster's World: Creating a Post-Apocalyptic Landscape
As I said above, Love and Monsters is not meant to be dissected and thought of as a deep film, but neither is it slapstick and COMPLETELY goof like Zombieland. Instead it’s a fairly light hearted family affair that leans more towards Warm Bodies than it does Zombieland even though both are the leaders of the “Post Apocalyptic Comedy” sub genre. The film is fun enough for a good watch, and the 4K UHD disc a solid enough upgrade over the already excellent Blu-ray. Worth checking out.
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Dan Ewing, Ariana Greenblatt, Ellen Hollman
Directed by: Michael Matthews
Written by: Matthew Robinson, Brian Duffield
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 HEVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, German DTS-HD MA 5.1, French (Canada), Italian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin), Czech, Hindi, Polish, Thai, Japanese DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Runtime: 150 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: December 15th 2020
Recommendation: Check it Out